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Colurr'Ma College 

M201S TODAYS 


Valerie Purdie-Vaughns ’93 
analyzes how bias in 
intergroup relations 
affects human behavior 






Horam Expecta Veniet 

Dedicated in 1914, the 
Sundial kept time at 
the center of College Walk 
until its sphere developed 
a crack and was removed 
in 1946. Today, only the 
base and various engravings 
remain. For more current 
clock spotting, see page 18. 

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Contents 


FEATURES 




18 Clock Spotting 

From doorway adornments to under-eave 
hangings, timepieces grace the campus. 
Haiku by David Lehman '70, GSAS'78; 

Photos by JOrg Meyer 



22 Switching Sidelines 

After nine Ivy League championships, 
coach A1 Bagnoli has traded Penn's navy 
for Columbia's light blue. 

By Alex Sachare '71 


COVER: JORG MEYER 















Double Discovery marks 50 years Illustrated letters by Adam van Doren '84 


Will Hamilton lose his 10 spot? 


DEPARTMENTS 

3 Message from Dean James J. Valentini 

Lessons from a campus landmark. 

4 Letters to the Editor 
6 Around the Quads 

Eric H. Holder Jr. '73, LAW'76 to receive Alexander Hamilton Medal. 

10 Roar, Lion, Roar 

Columbia's new football coach faces off against his former 
Penn Quakers for Homecoming 2015. 

26 Columbia Forum: The House Tells the Story: 

Homes of the American Presidents 

A study of Presidents' homes, in text and watercolors. 

By Adam Van Doren '84, GSAPP'90 


WEB EXTRAS 

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns '93 
on bias and brain science 

Video recap of the Mpigi 
Soccer Field Project 

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FY15 CCT donors 

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ALUMNI NEWS 

Q&A with CCAA President 

Doug Wolf '88 reflects on his college days and offers 
advice for new students. 

Lions 

Dan Press '64; Dr. Felix E. Demartini '43, PS'46 

Alumni in the News 
Bookshelf 

Featured: Smash Cut by Brad Gooch '73, GSAS'86 

Class Notes 

71 Alumni Sons and Daughters 


84 Obituaries 

84 Don M. Mankiewicz '42 
86 Andrew D. Hyman '88 


88 Alumni Corner 

Bob Orkand '58 on the proposal to take 
Alexander Hamilton (Class of 1778) off the $10 bill. 


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V A L E N T I N I 


Lessons from a Campus Landmark 


eet at the Sundial" may be one of the phrases 
most frequently used by Columbians. It's the 
best-known spot on campus. You may not 
be able to direct a visitor to Casa Hispanica, 
or maybe not even to 
Havemeyer, but there 
is no doubt you could give directions to the 
Sundial. We know the landmark so well, 
it 7 s so familiar, that we don't actually think 
much about the Sundial. 

I recently found myself contemplating 
the Sundial when I learned that this issue 
of CCT would have a photo essay featur¬ 
ing clocks around campus. Sundials are of 
course the precursors to mechanical clocks 
and have been in existence for millennia, 
used for telling the time of day. Not our 
sundial. It no longer has a gnomon — typi¬ 
cally the blade-like piece that projects from 
the sundial's face — to cast the shadow 
that reveals the time. But even when it 
did have a gnomon, our sundial was used 
to tell the date, not the time of day. Har¬ 
old Jacoby (Class of 1885, GSAS Class of 
1895), who became chair of Columbia's 
astronomy department, conceived it that 
way. The Sundial was his class' gift to the 
University upon its 25th reunion. Its gnomon was an immense 
granite sphere, which sat grandly at its center until 1946, when it 
developed cracks, and the prospect of 15 tons of granite falling on 
a passerby suggested its removal would be wise. 

Even though the Sundial's function and gnomon were both 
unconventional, anyone viewing it would have seen its physical 
operation as familiar. The shadow it cast moved in a clockwise 
direction when looked at from above. The rotation of the earth 
made it so. And the revolution of the earth around the sun made 
it possible for Jacoby's sundial to indicate the date. 


Our revolving earth makes many things predictable, in the 
sense of the recurrent: the seasons, the calendar and the cycle 
of the academic year. This is the College's 262nd year; that is 
a recurrence of which we all can be proud. So, too, can we be 
proud of this being the Core's 96th year. 
We can equally be proud that this recur¬ 
rence means permanence but not stasis, as 
it should be when one of its anchor courses 
is called Contemporary Civilization. 

This year we are very much focusing 
on securing the recurrence of our suc¬ 
cess and abjuring the stasis that would 
diminish our future. We are working on a 
strategic plan for the College, a plan that 
will engage all of us, because that future 
belongs to all of us. What future is worthy 
of a college that has existed for more than 
a quarter of a millennium? What do we 
need to produce that future? How do we 
acquire what we need? 

Alongside that institutional plan, we 
are developing a "strategic plan" for every 
Columbia College student. It identifies a set 
of outcomes — knowledge, skills, abilities, 
perspectives, understanding, awareness — 
that we think every College student should 
possess at graduation. It also provides a 
guide for every College student outlining the many opportuni¬ 
ties offered by the College that will enable each of them to plot a 
trajectory to achieve those outcomes — no matter their academic 
or extracurricular interests. 

We would like those outcomes to be as recognizable in 
every Columbia College graduate as "meet at the Sundial" is 
to every Columbia College graduate. You could say that we 
want every Columbia College graduate to be as imaginative 
as Jacoby was when he conceived a sundial to tell the date, not 
the time of day. And you'd be right. 





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Columbia College 

TODAY ° 


Volume 43 Number 1 
Fall 2015 

EDITOR IN CHIEF 

Alex Sachare '71 

EXECUTIVE EDITOR 

Lisa Palladino 

MANAGING EDITOR 

Alexis Tonti SO A'11 

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT 

Anne-Ryan Heatwole JRN'09 

FORUM EDITOR 

Rose Kernochan BC'82 

CONTRIBUTING WRITER 

Shira Boss '93, JRN'97, SIPA'98 

ART DIRECTOR 

Eson Chan 

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS 

Eileen Barroso 
Jorg Meyer 


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Letters to the Editor 



Hamilton: A Columbia Story 

A few years ago we tried to interest our 
kids in their Columbia roots by showing 
them campus, Schapiro Hall (where we 
met), Hamilton Hall (where we took many 
classes) and Faculty House (where we mar¬ 
ried). They were completely uninterested. 
But when Hamilton came to Broadway 
after its run at The Public Theater, we fig¬ 
ured taking our son for his 15th birthday 
was bound to place Columbia in a more 
exciting light. The hip-hop musical's take 
on Alexander Hamilton (Class of 1778), the 
College's own "$10 Founding Father with¬ 
out a father" (a line from the show), would 
have to interest not only us (a U.S. history 
professor and public interest lawyer) but 
also our son. It did. 

First, into New York City and to the 
Richard Rodgers Theatre for a Saturday 
matinee. An entire block of West 46th 
Street was closed to traffic. Why? A tent 
had been erected in front of the entrance. 
Metal detectors, bag searches, TSA, 
NYPD and Secret Service. The audience 
was seated, the lights dimmed and then 
President Barack Obama '83 entered 
with his daughters, walking a few feet 
in front of us to their seats. 

Watching one of our most famous alums 
watch another of our most famous alums, 
in a theater named after yet another famous 
Columbia alum, was fascinating, surreal 
and highly enjoyable. The musical's mul¬ 
tiracial cast uses rap to tell the story of the 
American Revolution and early years of the 
nation in a way that directly connects the 
past to the present. The audience was elec¬ 
trified: Here was history written in hip-hop. 


That President Obama was in that audience 
only heightened the Zeitgeist of the perfor¬ 
mance. The critical acclaim for Hamilton 
speaks for itself; the show is superb. But for 
us it took on a special significance. 

Richard Rodgers (Class of 1923) did 
his first two years of college at Columbia, 
Obama his last two. Hamilton's studies 
at King's College segued directly into his 
participation in the Revolutionary War. For 
each it was a place where significant events 
were put into motion, key friendships and 
partnerships were made and critical ideas 
were formed. We feel the same way about 
the college that brought us together, and 
led to our son (and daughter, who was 
too young to attend the performance). The 
thread that ran from Hamilton, to Rodgers, 
to the President, to the show, to us, made the 
experience positively exhilarating, even for 
our teenager. The final number of Hamilton 
asks, "Who tells your story?" We are grate¬ 
ful to have seen this Columbia story told. 

Alice Bers '93 and John Baick '91 

Longmeadow, Mass. 

WKCR Nears 75 

WKCR-FM is celebrating its 75th anni¬ 
versary in 2016. WKCR originated as the 
Columbia University Radio Club in 1936 
and its first official broadcast was on Feb¬ 
ruary 24,1941. On October 10,1941, CURC 
was granted its license from the Federal 
Communications Commission. WKCR cel¬ 
ebrates 1941 as its founding year and Feb¬ 
ruary 24 as its birthday. 

The station will look back on 75 years 
of broadcasting and radio throughout the 
remainder of 2015 and throughout 2016. 
Check wkcr.org for exclusive content that 
is being unveiled for this milestone. 

Alumni interested in WKCR's 75th 
anniversary celebrations can find out more 
by contacting me at WKCR75@gmail.com. 

Elisabeth Stam BC'16 
New York City 
(Editor's note: The writer is WKCR's station 
manager.) 

Tils on’s Drugstore 

Maybe I missed something, but I'm not 
sure I've seen in the food issue [Spring 
2015] or in comments about it any men¬ 
tion of Tilson's Drugstore, which through 
the 1950s was a familiar landmark at the 
corner of West 116th and Broadway. It 
had an excellent lunch counter and sold 
all sorts of things including art supplies. 


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tennis balls and camera film. Tilson's 
achieved a ghostly fame as the unnamed 
drugstore in the opening scene of The 
Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk '34. 

Checking the Spectator archives, I find 
ads by Tilson's from 1936 to 1959.1 believe 
around 1959 was when Chock full o' Nuts 
moved from its former smaller location in 
the center of the block to the comer site pre¬ 
viously occupied by Tilson's, and remained 
there until around 1989, when Ollie's 
moved there. 

Francis Sypher '63, GSAS'68 
New York City 

Class Speakers 

In flipping through the Summer 2015 
issue I was disappointed to see that the 
speakers highlighted by CCT for the Class 
of 2015 were all male, especially consider¬ 
ing the very public and much-discussed 
activism of Emma Sulkowicz '15. 

I will not comment specifically on the 
accusations or broader issues exposed 
but I feel that Sulkowicz's actions were 
fearless and her commitment to her per¬ 
formative artistic expression extremely 
impressive. As an alumna who is also 
an artist, I commend Sulkowicz for her 
strength and strongly support her in 
standing up for herself and for any col¬ 
lege students who have shared her expe¬ 
rience and choose to remain voiceless. 

It seems to me that—for this class in par¬ 
ticular — the College should have invited 
at least one alumna to address the gradu¬ 
ates. I am curious — what is the ratio of 
female speakers to male through the years 
since the College was opened to women? 

I am not suggesting that being male and 
being an example to women are mutually 
exclusive but I do believe this ceremony 
was an important opportunity for the pres¬ 
ence of female alumni to represent strength 
and success beyond the College. 

Rachel Lindsay '09 
Burlington, Vt. 
(Editor's note: Salutatorian Stephanie Ger- 
goudis '15 spoke at this year's Class Day. Also, 
since the College began admitting women in 
1983, children's rights activist Marian Wright 
Edelman (1993), journalist Claire Shipman 
'86, SIPA'94 (1999) and broadcast executive 
Alexandra Wallace Creed '88 (2011) have been 
keynote speakers at Class Day. In recent years, 
the keynote speaker at Commencement has tra¬ 
ditionally been the University president.) 

Trigger Warnings 

As I view the photo of some of the exu¬ 
berant graduates of the Class of 2015 on 
the cover of the Summer 2015 issue, I 


wonder how many of them appreciate 
the significance of the movement among 
their classmates, reported in the press, to 
require "trigger warning" labels on those 
books included in the Literature Humani¬ 
ties reading list that treat of rape and other 
violent acts, on the grounds that these 
works might offend some students. 

Since when has higher education had 
as one of its legitimate goals the avoidance 
of uncomfortable thoughts, rather than 
the impartment of knowledge, ideas and 
the cultivation of the ability to think criti¬ 
cally and analytically? 

How can we expect the future opinion 
leaders of our nation, and of the world, to 
strive for the advancement of humanistic 
values if they are kept in a perennial state 
of childlike ignorance by an institution 
that purports to prepare them to defend 
such values? And since when is the much- 
maligned "Eurocentrism" of the curricu¬ 
lum a bad thing, given the fact that men 
and women all over the world have for 
centuries looked to Western culture and its 
non-Western interpretations as the basis for 
their own efforts to strive for freedom of 
thought, intellectual and material advance¬ 
ment, and the abolition of racial, ethnic, 
religious and sexual injustices? 

Is this what we want alma mater to 
stand for? 

Daniel Waitzman '65, GSAS'68 
Hicksville, N.Y. 

During the half-century since I was at 
Columbia, I've become increasingly dis¬ 
enchanted with the way things have been 
going there. In the latest episode that I've 
become aware of in the game "I'll bet I can 
be offended by more things than you can," 
the April 30 edition of Spectator published 
a letter by four students. Their main claim 
was: "Students need to feel safe in the class¬ 
room, and that requires a learning environ¬ 
ment that recognizes the multiplicity of 
their identities." 

Look at the absurdity of considering 
everything according to "identity" and 
"feeling safe." I'm 5-foot-5, quite short for 
a male in this country, so as a Diminutive- 
American I'll follow those students and 
demand to have a "trigger warning" appear 
in history classes before every mention of 
Abraham Lincoln (6-4), George Washing¬ 
ton (6-2) and Thomas Jefferson (6-2), lest I 
feel belittled by those towering figures. In 
order for students who share my identity 
to feel "safe," I want Columbia to replace 
all classroom seating with computer-con- 
trolled chairs; as soon as everyone is seated, 
the teacher will press a button and all the 


seats in each row will go up or down as 
necessary to ensure that everyone's head is 
at the same height. When it comes to lan¬ 
guage, teachers and students must keep 
from triggering feelings of inferiority in me 
and itiy height-challenged peers, so expres¬ 
sions like "short-handed," "come up short" 
and "give short shrift to" are to be scrupu¬ 
lously avoided. On the baseball team, the 
fielder between second base and third base 
must be called the ground-ball-hit-to-left- 
field-stop. In Music Humanities, Schubert's 
"Little C Major Symphony" shall be called 
his "Earlier C Major Symphony." In lit¬ 
erature classes, St. Exupery's masterpiece 
has to be referred to as "The Prince," or, 
to avoid confusion with Machiavelli, "The 
20th Century C.E. Prince." The Supreme 
Court must be called the Supreme Tribu¬ 
nal because Columbia students are savvy 
enough about the world's languages to 
know that court means short in French. 

That would be folly, of course, but per¬ 
haps not to the dissatisfied students, who 
also wanted "a training program for all 
professors, including faculty and gradu¬ 
ate instructors, which will enable them to 
constructively facilitate conversations that 
embrace all identities, share best practices, 
and think critically about how the Core 
Curriculum is framed for their students." 
Look at all the jargon in that sentence. 
Worse than the cliched writing, of course, 
is the substance of the proposal, which 
reminds us that in Communist dictator¬ 
ships, dissidents and erring party members 
used to be sent to "reeducation" camps. 

The writers of the letter are acting like 
petulant children who insist on having 
everyone cosset them. They might feel 
"safe" if they could be transported back to 
elementary school, where even simulacra 
of guns, and therefore triggers, are now for¬ 
bidden, but if these students want to stay 
in college they should demonstrate that 
they're mature enough for it by no longer 
being intimidated by every will-o'-the- 
wisp around them. 

Steven Schwartzman '67 
Austin, Texas 


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Holder To Receive 2015 
Alexander Hamilton Medal 

By Lisa Palladino 


F ormer U.S. attorney general and 
University trustee emeritus Eric 
H. Holder Jr. 73, LAW76 will 
be presented the 2015 Alexander 
Hamilton Medal at this fall's 
annual Alexander Hamilton Award Din¬ 
ner. The medal, the highest honor paid 
to a member of the Columbia College 
community, is awarded each year by the 
Columbia College Alumni Association for 
distinguished service to the College and 
accomplishment in any field of endeavor. 

The black-tie event will take place on 
Thursday, November 19, in Low Rotunda. 

Holder served as the 82nd Attorney 
General of the United States from Febru¬ 
ary 2009 to April 2015. He has since 
rejoined the law firm of Covington & Bur¬ 
ling in Washington, D.C., where he had 
been a partner from 2001 until joining the 
Obama administration. 

Holder is the third-longest serving 
attorney general in U.S. history and the 
first African-American to hold that office. 
He is an internationally recognized leader 
across a broad range of regulatory enforce¬ 
ment, criminal justice and national security 
issues. In 2014, Time magazine named him 
to its list of "100 Most Influential People," 
noting that he had "worked tirelessly to 
ensure equal justice." 

Including his tenure as attorney 
general, Holder — a 1996 recipient of 



PHOTO: DELANE ROUSE PHOTOGRAPHY 


the College's John Jay Award for distin¬ 
guished professional achievement — has 
served in government for more than 30 
years, having been appointed to various 
positions requiring U.S. Senate confirma¬ 
tion by Presidents Obama, Clinton and 
Reagan. He was deputy attorney general 
from 1997 to 2001; U.S. Attorney for the 
District of Columbia from 1993 to 1997; 
associate judge of the Superior Court of 
the District of Columbia from 1988 to 
1993; and trial attorney, Public Integrity 
Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's 
Criminal Division, from 1976 to 1988. 

Before becoming attorney general. 
Holder maintained a wide-ranging 


investigations and litigation practice at 
Covington. Among numerous significant 
engagements, he led the firm's representa¬ 
tion of a major multi-national agricultural 
company in related civil, criminal and 
investigative matters; acted as counsel to 
a special investigative committee of the 
board of directors of a Fortune 50 technol¬ 
ogy company; successfully tried a complex 
discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a 
leading financial services company; and 
represented several life sciences companies 
in litigation and investigations. He now 
advises clients on complex investigations 
and litigation matters, including those 
that are international in scope and involve 
significant regulatory enforcement issues 
and substantial reputational concerns. 

A University trustee from 2007 to 
2009, Holder was the Class Day keynote 
speaker in 2009 and a Dean's Day speaker 
in 2013. He was a member of the Col¬ 
lege's Board of Visitors from 1997 to 2003, 
and then again from 2003 to 2007, and 
was a member of the Law School's Board 
of Visitors from 1995 to 2003. 

Holder is married to Dr. Sharon 
Malone PS'88, an obstetrician, and the 
couple has three children. 

For more information on the dinner, 
contact Robin V. Del Giorno, associate direc¬ 
tor, College events and programs: robinv@ 
columbia.edu or 212-851-7399. 


Alumni Awarded Fulbright Scholarships 


E ight alumni have been awarded grants through the 2015-16 
Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The 69-year-old program allows 
recent college graduates, young professionals and master's and doc¬ 
toral candidates to spend one year either conducting international re¬ 
search and study projects or teaching English internationally. Roughly 
1,900 grants are awarded each year and the program operates in 
more than 140 countries. 

The following alumni were accepted into the 2015-16 program: 
Celia Bell '13 will conduct research in India for her project "Gendered 
Voices in the Poetry of Luft un-Nisa Imtiyaz and Mah Laqa Bai"; 


Joseph Betts '15 will research "Sustainable Urban Housing Develop¬ 
ment and Classical Music Engagement" in the Netherlands; Rebecca 
Clark '13 will go to Brazil to study "Race in Brazilian Theatrical 
Productions of the Western Canon"; Benjamin Spener '14 will conduct 
research in Mexico for his project "Binational Business"; Erida Tosini- 
Corea '15 will teach English in Brazil; Tracey Wang '15 will teach Eng¬ 
lish in Taiwan; Eric Wong '15 is headed to Finland to research "Global 
Competitiveness: How Finland Fares in an Increasingly Globalized 
World"; and Hannah Wilentz '12 will conduct research in Cyprus on 
"Art and Architectural History." 


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Toni Morrison Joins Ranks 
of Lit Hum Authors 


T oni Morrison's 1977 novel Song of Solomon has been added 
to the Literature Humanities syllabus, making its Pulitzer- 
and Nobel-prize-winning author the first living and first 
African-American writer to be included in the required list of 
readings for the class. 

The book, which won the National Book Critics Circle 
Award, will be the last book read in the two-semester course 
for the 2015-16 academic year. (Previously, section leaders had 
assigned a text of their choosing for the final slot.) Also cycling 
onto the reading list are four works from years past: Milton's 
Paradise Lost, Sappho's Lyrics, Euripides' The Bacchae and Boc¬ 
caccio's The Decameron. 

Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Euripides' Medea, Aristophanes' 
Lysistrata, Ovid's Metamorphoses and Goethe's Faust are among 
those on a break. 

The changes came out of a routine review of the readings 
for Lit Hum, which debuted as Humanities A in 1937. A com¬ 
mittee of faculty evaluates the reading list, taking into account 


recommendations from all 
faculty members who teach 
the course before proposing 
a revised syllabus. The entire 
course's faculty then votes on 
whether to adopt the changes. 

"We thought it was time 
to have a later 20th-century 
text; it was something both 
instructors and students 
wanted," says Julie Crawford, 
the Mark van Doren Profes¬ 
sor of Humanities and chair 
of Literature Humanities. " Song of Solomon is in many ways a 
very canonical choice — Morrison has won all the major literary 
awards — and one that speaks brilliantly to many of the themes 
and arcs of the course. I think it's an exciting addition, and I can't 
wait to hear the conversations we have." 





Columbia College Fund Raises More Than $18 Million 


T he Fiscal Year 2014-15 Colum¬ 
bia College Fund surpassed the 
prior fiscal year's total raised 
with 11,715 Columbia College alumni, 
parents and friends contributing $18.25 
million. The money goes to areas such 
as financial aid, the Core Curriculum 
and student services, as well as helps to 
provide stipends for student internships 
and global study opportunities. 

Donations received from July 1,2014, 
to June 30,2015, counted toward the total. 


The Columbia College Parents Fund 
had the most donors in its history, with 
more than 1,740 parents contributing 
more than $3 million. 

April was a stand-out month: Nearly 
1,900 donors made gifts to the fund, 
exceeding the record for participation 
in that month and helping to secure a 
$100,000 challenge gift from an anony¬ 
mous donor. 

On Columbia Giving Day 2014, held 
October 29, the College took first place 


for overall giving for the third consecu¬ 
tive year by raising more than $3.08 
million in 24 hours. College alumni 
accounted for 31.6 percent of the $11 
million total raised by the University on 
that day. 

To make a gift to the FY16 Columbia College 
Fund, go to college.columbia.edu/alumni/give/ 
ways. You can give by credit card on the site, 
or learn more about giving by check, matching 
gifts, planned giving and more. 



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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 

Seniors Fund Soccer Field in Uganda 

By Nathalie Alonso '08 


A shared love of soccer 

sparked a friendship be¬ 
tween Vivek Ramakrish- 
nan '16 and Ben Makansi 
'16, and inspired their 
quest to give a community in Uganda a 
playing field of its own. 

The ambitious project had its roots 
in Pass It On Soccer, a nonprofit that 
Ramakrishnan founded as a high 
school student in Madison, Wis., for 
the purpose of collecting soccer balls 
and cleats to send to charitable organi¬ 
zations in Africa. When he learned that 
the only public soccer field in Mpigi, a 
rural town in central Uganda, was slat¬ 
ed to become a market, he resolved to 
provide its residents with a sustainable 
place to play. "The idea of Pass It On 
has been to make soccer accessible to 
people who don't have soccer equip¬ 
ment, and [building a field] seemed 
like an extension of that," he says. 

Makansi joined the cause to support 
Ramakrishnan — they are best friends 
and also he considers soccer a poten¬ 
tially transformative force. "We both 
see soccer as a tool for social change," 
he says. The Mpigi Soccer Field Project, 
as the endeavor came to be known, 
was a collaboration between Pass It On 
Soccer and Abato Foundation Uganda, 
a charity that works with orphaned and 
impoverished children in the region. 

Open for all to use, the new field 
sits next to a school operated by Abato. 
According to Abato founder Moses 
Kalanzi, it is used by local youth soccer 
programs, including one run by his 
organization, which also uses the space 
for physical education, assemblies and 
group prayer. "It 7 s probably one of the 
few areas in the village where children 
feel safe and can play without limita¬ 
tions," says Kalanzi of the field, which 
is also used for community meetings 
and weddings. 

Among the first steps Ramakrish¬ 
nan took toward building the field 
was applying for the Balanced Man 
Fellowship, established in 2013 by the 
Columbia chapter of the Sigma Phi Ep¬ 
silon national fraternity and awarded 



Best friends Vivek Ramakrishnan '16 (left) 
and Ben Makansi '16 spearheaded the 
construction of a soccer field in Uganda. 


every year to an undergraduate-run 
charitable project. (Ramakrishnan and 
Makansi belong to a different fraternity. 
Beta Theta Pi.) Ramakrishnan won the 
$3,500 grant in March 2014 and, with 
Kalanzi's help, used the money to pur¬ 
chase part of the land for the field. He 
then asked Makansi to help him raise 
the rest of the funds. "He had the pas¬ 
sion for it," says Ramakrishnan. "And I 
knew it would be more fun with him." 

Makansi managed the project's 
social media accounts and online 
fundraising page. He also procured a 
$10,000 donation from H.F. "Gerry" 
Lenfest LAW'58, a University trustee 
emeritus and the benefactor behind the 
four-year Lenfest College Scholarship 
program, of which Makansi is a recipi¬ 
ent. Meanwhile, Ramakrishnan raffled 
off a 2014 World Cup jersey signed by 
the U.S. National Soccer Team, which 
he obtained with the assistance of Sunil 
Gulati GSAS'86, a senior lecturer in the 
economics department and president of 
the United States Soccer Federation. 

In July 2014, after raising a total of 
around $21,500 — enough to cover 
construction costs and their travel 
expenses, and to establish a mainte¬ 
nance fund for the field — Ramak¬ 


rishnan and Makansi flew to Mpigi, 
where they stayed with Kalanzi. For 
a week, they rose around 8 a.m. and 
worked on the field until late afternoon 
alongside local volunteers. Their tasks 
included manually positioning plots of 
grass that had been hand-cut from the 
surrounding hills. "For Viv and me, it 
was really important to be a part of the 
hands-on aspect of the construction," 
says Makansi. "But we also wanted 
the members of the community to feel 
they had ownership of the field, so we 
worked with them." 

Ramakrishnan and Makansi met 
as incoming freshmen during a game 
of pick-up soccer in Riverside Park. 
They both played the sport seriously 
when they were younger and have 
been teammates on intramural soccer 
teams at Columbia. Among their other 
pursuits, Ramakrishnan, an economics 
major, is a member of the Columbia 
Table Tennis Club (he was nationally 
ranked at one point) and is an auxiliary 
police officer with the NYPD; Makansi, 
an astronomy major from Steelville, Pa., 
founded the Columbia Atheist and Ag¬ 
nostic Students Society and performs 
with Sabor, the University's student La¬ 
tino dance troupe. This year, Makansi 
and Ramakrishnan are president and 
vice president of policy, respectively, on 
the Columbia College Student Council 
Executive Board. 

As his and Makansi's thoughts turn 
to post-graduation plans, Ramakris- 
hanan doesn't foresee having the time 
to continue his work with Pass It On 
Soccer, however, he considers the field a 
satisfying legacy. "This was the perfect 
capstone to the work of Pass It On Soc¬ 
cer," he says. "Balls go flat, cleats wear 
out, but the field will endure over time." 

To view a video recap of the Mpigi Soccer 
Field Project, go to Web Extras at college. 
columbia.edu/cct. 


Nathalie Alonso '08, from Queens, is a 
freelance journalist and an editorial pro¬ 
ducer for LasMayores.com, Major League 
Baseball's official Spanish language website. 


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AROUND THE QUADS 


Double Discovery Marks 50 Years 


I n 1965, a group of College and Bar¬ 
nard undergraduates formed a pilot 
program with the dual mission of 
engaging Columbia students with 
the neighborhoods around them 
and helping the youth of those neighbor¬ 
hoods — who often attended under¬ 
served, underperforming schools — have 
a better shot at college. 

The Double Discovery Center, as the 
program came to be called, has since 
developed into a multifaceted nonprofit 
offering services to NYC youth from 
tutoring and one-on-one advising to 
internships, academic classes, career days 
and more. In a half-century DDC has suc¬ 
cessfully served more than 15,000 young 
people. Now, it annually works with 


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more than 1,000 students; 90 percent of its 
high school seniors graduate on time and 
enroll in college. 

To celebrate its milestone year, DDC is 
holding a 50th Anniversary Gala on Sep¬ 
tember 10 in Low Rotunda. The dinner 
will feature a silent fundraising auction 
and remarks by Dean James J. Valentini 
as well as the presentation of the James 
R Shenton Awards, given in recogni¬ 
tion of recipients' accomplishments and 
contributions to DDC's mission. This 
year's honorees are Roger Lehecka '67, 
GSAS'74, DDC co-founder and the Col¬ 
lege's dean of students from 1979 to 1998, 
and Joel I. Klein '67, CEO of Amplify and 
EVP of Newscorp. 

"We wanted to use the 50th anniver¬ 
sary to highlight one of Columbia's best- 
kept secrets — and arguably one of New 
York's best kept secrets," said Constan¬ 
tine Dimas '96, chair of the DDC Board of 
Friends. "This celebration will hopefully 
usher in a new and significant era for the 
organization and the students it serves." 

Fundraising, Dimas explained, is a new 
part of DDC's strategic plan: "We began 
[raising money] in earnest for two reasons. 
One was the very real risk of depleted fed¬ 
eral funding for the program; the second 
was that we wanted to draw attention to 
Double Discovery and to pursue specific 



Top: Double Discovery in its first year, 1965; bottom: six of the 268 NYC high school 
seniors who earned DDC certificates in June 1988. 

PHOTOS: TOP, COLUMBIA PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE/COURTESY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES; BOTTOM, 
COURTESY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES 



Double Discovery student Maria Martinez, 
circa summer 1966. 

PHOTO: COLUMBIA PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE/ 
COURTESY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES 


initiatives that will be rolled out in the 
coming months — things like focusing 
on technology and creating a permanent 
endowment for DDC. We want to ensure 
DDC's survival as it currently stands but 
also to reach much further — to helping 
more students in more, different ways." 

DDC executive director Joseph Ayala 
'94 had high praise for the honorees. 

"With Roger, you're talking about an 
individual whose commitment and dedi¬ 
cation is in many ways responsible for the 
survival of Double Discovery throughout 
the years," Ayala said. "IFs important to 
him that there be some extension of the 
wonderful education that happens here 
at Columbia to children who wouldn't 
otherwise get it. Fie has been a steadfast 
supporter of the program throughout his 
career and, now in his retirement, he is 
still one of the principal supporters." 

Shifting to Klein, Ayala added that 
many of DDC's goals and aspirations are 
embodied in his career, which included 
eight years as NYC schools chancellor. 
"When you think about those themes of 
our mission, it's fitting to honor someone 
like Joel," Ayala said. "He has been a big 
voice for educational innovation and a 
leader in our area." 


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Roar, lion, Roar 

Matchup of the Year Highlights 
Homecoming 2015 


H omecoming is always a big day on the fall 

calendar, but Homecoming 2015 promises to 
have a little extra juice. 

That's because when the Lions run onto 
Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien 
Stadium at 3:30 p.m. to face the Penn Quakers, 
it will be the first time new Columbia coach A1 Bagnoli faces the 
team he guided for 23 years before resigning last winter. 

Bagnoli, the all-time winningest head coach in 
NCAA Football Championship Subdivision history, 
led the Quakers to nine Ivy League championships 
and 148 victories during his successful tenure in 
Philadelphia. Last winter, he opted to pass the coach¬ 
ing torch to longtime aide Ray Priore and transition 
to an administrative position in the Penn athletics 
department. But when Bagnoli discovered that 
deskwork was not as much to his liking as strid¬ 
ing the sidelines, and Columbia came calling, he 
traded in his Penn navy for the Lions' light blue (see 
"Switching Sidelines," page 22). 

The football matchup that both schools' fans have been wait¬ 
ing for since Bagnoli's move was announced in February will 
cap a big day for Columbia alumni, who will gather starting 



The Columbia university Marching Band will rally fans under the 
Big Tent before the game. 

PHOTOS: MICHAEL DiVITO 


at noon for the camaraderie 
and family-friendly programs 
of Homecoming at the Baker 
Athletics Complex. 

The Picnic Under the Big 
Tent will take place from noon 
to 3:30 p.m., with tickets priced 
at $20 for adults and $10 for 
children under 12, 
if purchased by Fri¬ 
day, October 16. A 
limited number of 
tickets will be sold 
on site for $22 and 
$12, respectively. 

Each ticket includes 
an all-you-can-eat 
barbecue buffet 
lunch, soft drinks 
(beer, wine and 

cocktails will be available at an 
additional cost) and admission to the Homecoming Carnival, 
where all Columbians — young, old and in between — may 
participate in face-painting, balloon-making, magic, games and 
other activities. 

Picnic tickets may be bought online at college.columbia.edu/ 
alumni/homecoming/ 2015. Tickets for the football game must 
be purchased separately by calling 888-LIONS-ll or online at 
gocolumbialions.com/ tickets. 

At halftime, which should be about 4:45 p.m., everyone is 
invited back to the Big Tent for dessert and refreshments before 
returning to the stadium to cheer on the Lions. 

Single-game parking is not available at Baker Athletics 
Complex and street parking is limited, so the best way to get 
there is by mass transit. The complex is at Broadway and West 
218th Street; take the 1 train to 215th Street, the closest stop to 
the stadium, or the A train to Inwood - 207th Street. There are 
often weekend subway changes, so visit mta.info for the most 
up-to-date transit schedules. 

Complimentary shuttle buses will be available from the 
Momingside campus to and from Baker Athletics Complex. 
Buses will depart from the gate at West 116th Street and Broad¬ 
way starting at 11 a.m. and will return to campus immediately 
following the game. 

For more information, please contact Fatima Yudeh, Alumni 
Affairs: fy2165@columbia.edu. 


SAVE THE DATE! 

SEPTEMBER 26 
Football home 
opener 
Columbia vs. 
Georgetown 
OCTOBER 17 
Homecoming 
Columbia vs. Penn 



For the latest news on Columbia athletics , visit gocolumbialions.com. 


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ROAR, LION, ROAR 


Irv DeKoff, Former Fencing Coach, Dies 


I rv DeKoff, who coached Columbia fenc¬ 
ing to great success from 1952 to 1967 and 
was selected to the Columbia University 
Athletics and USA Fencing Halls of Fame, 
died on July 19,2015. 

The Ivy League began competition dur¬ 
ing DeKoff's era, and Columbia claimed 
11 of 12 conference titles during his tenure. 

DeKoff's teams posted a 141-25 record and 
won four NCAA team championships, and 
he was responsible for the development 
of eight NCAA individual champions, 18 
All-Americans and two Olympians. He was 
enshrined into the U.S. Fencing Association 
Hall of Fame in 1967 and the Columbia Uni¬ 
versity Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. 

"He was a winner who loved his students and loved the sport 
of fencing," says current Columbia head fencing coach Michael 
Aufrichtig, who guided the Lions to the NCAA crown in 2015. 
"He will be greatly missed by the Columbia fencing family." 


Kevin Demarrais '64, who was Columbia's 
sports information director during much of 
DeKoff's tenure, says, "By many measures, 
Irv DeKoff could arguably be rated the most 
successful coach in any sport in Columbia 
history. His .843 winning percentage and 
string of Ivy and NCAA championships are 
unmatched. What makes the record even 
more notable is that the dual-meet schedule 
included the top teams in the country, includ¬ 
ing NYU, Navy and several other Ivy teams. 
He was also a super-nice guy. 

"My favorite Irv DeKoff moment came 
in a big meet when he called a timeout to 
confer with one of his fencers. When they 
got together, Irv said to the fencer, 'I really 
don't have any [strategy] suggestions, but the other guy 
doesn't know that and he's probably trying to figure out what 
we're discussing.' The Columbia fencer quickly disposed of his 
opponent when competition resumed." 



SPORTS SHORTS 

FOOTBALL ON TV: Three Columbia 
football games will be televised this 
season, starting with the Ivy League 
season opener at Princeton on Friday, 
October 2, at 7 p.m. on the NBC Sports 
Network. The Lions' game at Yale on 
Saturday, October 31, at 12:30 p.m., will 
be broadcast on FOX College Sports. 
Columbia's season finale against Brown 
on Friday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. 
at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. 
Wien Stadium will be shown by the 
NBC Sports Network. 

EKE: Nadia Eke '15 capped her 
Columbia career by placing fourth 
in the triple jump on June 13 at the 
NCAA Track & Field Championships 
in Eugene, Ore. Eke jumped 13.46m 
(44'2"), which topped her Ivy League 
record of 13.39m set at the 2015 Penn 
Relays. On July 23, Eke, a four-time 
All-American in the triple jump, was 


named among the 147 finalists for the 
2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. 

JACOBSON: Emily Jacobson '08, a 
first-team All-American all four seasons 
at Columbia who competed in the 2004 
Olympics and won the 2005 NCAA indi¬ 
vidual sabre championship, has been 
selected for induction into the USA Fenc¬ 
ing Hall of Fame 2016 class. She com¬ 
piled a record of 131-16 at Columbia, 
a winning percentage of .891, and was 
inducted into the Columbia University 
Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. 

FENCING MEDALS: Atrioof 
Columbia fencers earned a combined 
four medals at the 2015 Pan-American 
Games in Toronto in July. Jeff Spear '10 
won a gold medal with the U.S. sabre 
team, defeating Chile, Argentina and 
Canada. Nicole Ross '13 earned a bronze 
medal in the women's foil competition. 


and she and Nzingha Prescod '15 took 
the silver medal in the team foil event 
after being edged by Canada, 38-37, in 
the finals. Earlier in the month, Prescod 
made history when she earned a bronze 
medal in the women's foil at the Senior 
World Championships, becoming the 
first African-American woman to medal 
in the Senior Worlds. 

LO: Maodo Lo '16 led Germany to 
the silver medal at the 2015 Univer¬ 
sity Games in July in Gwangju, South 
Korea, averaging a team-high 12.0 
points and 4.2 assists in five games. He 
later trained with the German Senior 
National Team as it prepared to com¬ 
pete in the European Championships 
(EuroBasket) in September in Berlin. 
The 6-foot-3 guard was born and raised 
in Berlin, then spent one year at Wil- 
braham & Monson (Mass.) Academy 
before enrolling at Columbia. 


SCOREBOARD 


500 


Yards gained last 
season by Cameron 
Molina '16, Columbia's 
leading rusher 



National ranking 
of men's squash 
team following 
2015 season 


.718 


Career winning percentage for 
Al Bagnoli, third-best among 
active Football Championship 
Subdivision coaches 


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Valerie Purdie-Vaughns '93 analyzes the complexities 
of stereotyping and intergroup relations 

By Alexis Tonti SOA’ll 


A 15-minujte writing exercise, done by Afri¬ 
can-American students in seventh and 
then again in eighth grade, can make a 
difference in whether they go to college. 
That's the powerful message Associate Profes¬ 
sor of Psychology Valerie Purdie-Vaughns '93 has 
just delivered at the start of the keynote lecture at 
Dean's Day in May. Purdie-Vaughns is an expert in 
the causes and consequences of what could loosely 
be called insider-outsider dynamics and, 10 min¬ 
utes into her lecture, the atmosphere already feels 
more like a TED Talk than a standard classroom 
address. She paces and punctuates her speech 
with the ease of a natural storyteller. The stillness 
that settles over the almost 200 attendees is telling: 
Everyone is paying attention. 

The context for the study being explained is criti¬ 
cal. These students, a mix comprising mainly whites 
and African-Americans, attend an inner-city middle 
school outside Hartford, Conn. Typically its sixth 
graders start out doing equally well but as they 
move through seventh and eighth grade, a differ¬ 
ence in the performance of the two groups appears 
and widens — the oft-cited achievement gap. 

In this case, Purdie-Vaughns and her team had 
a subset of the roughly 200-member seventh grade 
class participate in what they term an affirmation 
exercise. It asked the students to reflect on and write 
about their most important values, such as athletic 
ability, creativity, religion or sense of humor. Wrote 
one girl: "My family, I can't live without them. My 
friends, I am my real self around them (and my sis¬ 
ter). I can be silly, goofy and weird and they don't 
care, they accept me for who I am." The rest of the 
class served as the control group, writing instead 
about their least important values and why they 
might be significant to someone else. 

Ultimately, the students completed four of these 
affirmations over the course of seventh and eighth 
grade. A transformative effect was evident in the 
minority students' report cards by the time they grad¬ 
uated from middle school — but the stunner came 
seven years later, with college enrollment. Of the con¬ 
trol group, 80 percent of white students and 76 percent 
of black students were attending college. For whites in 
the "affirmed" group, the number hovered around the 
same level as their control counterparts. For African- 
Americans, however, it climbed to 87 percent. 

The explanation behind this change in academic 
trajectory is complex, and during the next hour Pur¬ 
die-Vaughns carefully lays out the factors at play. 
She describes the nature of the self and of stereotype 
threat — a person's awareness that he or she may 
be contending with a negative stereotype, such 
as the notion that African-American students do 
poorly in school, or fear of doing something to inad- 








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Valerie Purdie- 
Vaughns '93 deliv¬ 
ered the keynote 
lecture at Dean's 
Day in May. 

PHOTO: SCOTT RUDD 


vertently confirm that stereotype. She explains 
how this threat can hurt both the physical and men¬ 
tal health of people on the receiving end, and how 
its existence and potency changes depending on the 
situation. And, as the affirmations showed, she and 
her colleagues are onto solutions for helping people 
to protect themselves, in a lasting way, from its most 
deleterious effects. 

Purdie-Vaughns also makes clear that this is not 
a minority story. Everyone experiences stereotyping. 

P urdie-Vaughns works in a large windowless 
office at the end of a hallway on the fourth floor 
of Schermerhorn. It's messy on this afternoon, sev¬ 
eral weeks after Dean's Day, and she apologizes: 
books, notepads and paperwork are spread out 
over a table-turned-second-desk and its chairs, and 
indeterminate clutter makes sitting on the couch 
an impossibility. A chalkboard hangs on one wall; 
bookshelves line two others. 

The interesting thing about the office, however, 
is its history: The room was a storage closet before 
she claimed it upon arriving at Columbia to be a 
professor, in 2009, and more than a decade before 
that it was the place where she worked for three 
years as lab manager for psychology professor 
Geraldine Downey. "It has sentimental value for 
me because this is where I learned to be interested 
in scholarship," Purdie-Vaughns says. She points 
to each corner, conjuring where she and three fel¬ 
low researchers sat. 

Indeed, as Purdie-Vaughns tells it, hers is a tale 
of two Columbias, and the varsity basketball player 
who was "an underperforming student" never 
would have imagined the professor sitting here 



now: director of the Laboratory of Intergroup Rela¬ 
tions and the Social Mind, the hub for her research 
into how differences between social groups affect 
human behavior; a faculty member with the Robert 
Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Schol¬ 
ars Program; a former research fellow with the Insti¬ 
tute for Research in African-American Studies; and a 
2014 recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Columbia 
Faculty Award for teaching. Purdie-Vaughns also 
speaks at colleges and companies nationwide and 
contributes to media from NPR to PBS' Tavis Smiley 
Show to Fortune magazine and Huffington Post. 

Political science professor Fred Harris, who 
directs the Center on African-American Politics 
and Society, underscores the value of this last point 
— especially, he says, given the carefulness of her 
research and caution when interpreting its impli¬ 
cations. "Her work on conscious and unconscious 
bias is important," he says. "Particularly with the 
events of the past year, with the incidents of police 
misconduct and police violence against people in 
this country, I think her research becomes much 
more relevant. She is one of the rational voices out 
there in the public realm." 

Downey notes, "Valerie is a social psycholo¬ 
gist, but what differentiates her is that she links it 
to really pressing social problems and has a really 
good understanding of what it's like to come from 
a minority group. She can get into the heads of 
people and understand how what they're doing is 
shaped by the context they're in." 

Purdie-Vaughns herself volunteers that she has 
struggled with questions around insiders and out¬ 
siders her whole life. She grew up in a lower-middle 
class, largely Italian neighborhood in Brentwood, 
N.Y., on Long Island — a railroad track town, she 
says, with whites on one side of the tracks and 
blacks on the other; hers was the first black fam¬ 
ily on their block. Her mother was a third-grade 
teacher and her father was an engineer at nearby 
Long Island MacArthur Airport; brother Vincent is 
IV 2 years older. 

"My parents spent a lot of time and energy, I can 
see now, trying to both raise black children to be 
aware of who we were as racial beings but also to 
protect us from a lot of the things that were hap¬ 
pening in our neighborhood, some of them being 
really unpleasant," says Purdie-Vaughns. 

She shares an anecdote from when she was 
in fourth grade and auditioning for The Pirates of 
Penzance. She and a white girl were the finalists for 
the lead female role, and she recalls the music teacher 
telling her, "You're the best and you should be the 
head actress, but you're black and the part can't be 
for someone who looks like you ... so we're going to 
make you the lead musician so you're not on stage." 

Purdie-Vaughns shakes her head. "I didn't tell 
my parents but I remember thinking, why does it 
actually matter? You're acknowledging that I'm 
the best actress but I don't look like what you think 


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it should be ... your imagination can't be stretched 
to think about what I could be in this role?" 

Purdie-Vaughns was recruited by Columbia to 
play basketball — power forward — which became 
the anchor of her undergraduate experience. (At 
nearly 6 ft., she recalls with a laugh that her origi¬ 
nal sport was gymnastics.) Of the lessons of athlet¬ 
ics, she says, "I wouldn't be a candidate for tenure 
if I didn't play sports; that was how I learned how 
to compete — the mental discipline, being able to 
push yourself, being able to do something that you 
never thought was possible." 

Academics were another matter. "I wanted to 
do well enough to not get kicked out," Purdie- 
Vaughns says. "I thought getting into college was 
the end game, not the beginning of something else. 
I'd never even met anyone who had a master's 
degree — maybe one of my parents' friends? — 
and I wouldn't have known what that meant, or 
why you would need to have one." 

Her plan was to be a teacher, and after gradu¬ 
ation she took something of a related job with the 
I Have A Dream Foundation, running a program 
that created mentoring and summer camp pro¬ 
grams for third-graders in under-resourced com¬ 
munities. In 1996, when she wanted to learn how 
to track her students' progress in school across 
the longer term, to see if they made it to college, 
she turned to "the only professor I felt comfort¬ 
able coming back and talking to" — Downey, with 
whom she'd taken an abnormal psychology class. 
The conversation piqued Purdie-Vaughns' interest 
and she soon decided to leave the foundation for a 
job in Downey's lab. 

Downey's research at the time centered on 
understanding teens' transition from friendships 
to romantic relationships. Purdie-Vaughns quickly 
became excited by the work. "I realized I had dif¬ 
ferent ideas about research questions because I 
have a different way of seeing the world, because 
I myself am a minority. And that was when I real¬ 
ized I had something to say to this thing called the 
research community." 

She also discovered that "being a researcher 
is like Wendy Williams, just a nosy person who 
wants to know the answer." She laughs. "You can 
be a reporter, a researcher, a talk show host — the 
difference is just the training, learning the methods 
to go answer the questions." 

She soon began thinking about graduate study, 
and Stanford appealed to her for the opportunity 
to work with social psychologist Claude Steele. 
A leader in the field, Steele was among the first 
to establish and explore the concept of stereotype 
threat. (He also was Columbia provost from 2009 
to 2011.) Purdie-Vaughns' parents were by then 
divorced and, wanting the chance to meet Steele 
before applying, she persuaded her mom to take 
her and her brother on a California vacation, hid¬ 
ing her motive all the while. Purdie-Vaughns then 



camped outside Steele's office one day until he had 
time for a conversation. 

"He was known for his work showing that ste¬ 
reotypes are a big part of the story of what adds a 
unique form of stress for minority students, and that 
this stress undermines performance," she says. "My 
entire life, I had always thought that minority stu¬ 
dents underperform because they come from bad 
homes or because they had bad culture, bad study 
habits. I never thought about the idea that there was 
something in the environment that has to do with 
bias that can be the cause of this underperformance. 

"It was an epiphany to think you could capture 
this thing called social context that could tell you 


Social psychologist 
Claude Steele was 
Purdie-Vaughns' 
Ph.D. adviser at 
Stanford. 


PHOTO: COURTESY 
VALERIE PURDIE- 
VAUGHNS '93 


“I realized I had different ideas about research 
questions because I have a different way of 
seeing the world, because I myself am a minority,” 
says Purdie-Vaughns. 


about the amount of bias in the environment, and 
then that would in turn tell you something impor¬ 
tant about human behavior." 

Purdie-Vaughns earned a Ph.D. in social psy¬ 
chology from Stanford in 2004, with Steele as her 
adviser. ("If you accept me, I will never disappoint 
you," she recalls saying to him, adding, "I don't 
know; I hope I haven't.") She then was an assistant 
professor in the psychology department at Yale 
until 2009, when she came to Columbia. 

Purdie-Vaughns underscores that she wouldn't 
be in her position without the support of her family: 
her mother, Shirley Purdie; husband, David Vaughns, 
a social worker and family therapist; and daughter, 
Marin (7). "When I applied for my first job, my hus¬ 
band listened to my job talk 26 times. It's insane that I 


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would practice 26 times, but it 7 s insane that he would 
listen 26 times. And my mom, who's almost 80, has 
been watching my daughter since she was bom. 

"I didn't come from a wealthy family. I didn't have 
all this day care and extra support. It's been amazing. 
It's important to know, it's not each one of us alone." 

T hese days, Purdie-Vaughns is interested in any 
idea that connects identity, and the stressors that 
go with identity, with human behavior. "The way 
I like to think about it is: How does the dynamic 
of insiders and outsiders get set up in institutions? 
What does it look like, how does it feel, and what are 
the costs of that?" 

This insider-outsider dynamic can assert itself 
in instances of race, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, 
sexual orientation and more. Along with the minor¬ 
ity achievement gap, Purdie-Vaughns has studied 


“To me, these are the most important 
discussions of our time,” Purdie-Vaughns says 
about the need to understand and find ways 
to improve intergroup relations. 


women in the sciences, gender and negotiations, 
racial health disparities, concealment in the work¬ 
place by members of the LGBT community, the mean¬ 
ing of national identity and how it affects immigrant 
citizen relations, and people's propensity to associate 
blackness with criminality, and conversely, criminal¬ 
ity with being black. She and Downey are embarking 
on a project with formerly incarcerated individuals 
and their capacity to find work. 

"To me, these are the most important discus¬ 
sions of our time," she says, citing examples from 
the past few weeks alone: the church shootings 


Purdie-Vaughns 
with her daughter, 
Marin, and mother, 
Shirley Purdie. 

PHOTO: SCOTT RUDD 



in Charleston and President Barack Obama '83's 
response to them; the revelation that an NAACP 
leader deceived people about her race; and the U.S. 
Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples are 
guaranteed the right to marry. 

And though every situation comes with its own 
particularities, Purdie-Vaughns says, there are 
common themes. 

For example, the source of the bias almost 
always starts with the institutions in which peo¬ 
ple find themselves. Consider a 50-year-old at a 
Silicon Valley company; he sees his much younger 
colleagues arrive to work on bicycles or scooters, 
or sitting around on giant inflatable green balls. 
"That tells you something powerful," says Purdie- 
Vaughns. "It's visual, it's immediate. It's not policy, 
and yet it's saying: 'You don't belong there.' We 
need to be thinking, 'What is it about institutions 
that make people feel like they don't fit in?"' 

Second, contending with bias hurts physically. The 
resulting stress can manifest in ways from extending 
the time it takes to recover from a cold to contribut¬ 
ing to early onset heart disease and increased risk 
for heart attack. "Just like people know that eating 
enough potato chips puts you at higher risk for all 
kinds of cardiac problems, enough stress will have 
similar effects," she says. "And it 7 s not just stress — 
the stress associated with bias in particular. I always 
laugh when I see policies coming out of Congress or 
the New York State Senate, aimed at getting people to 
exercise. If you think about where the health payoff is, 
I would put my money on reducing bias and discrimi¬ 
nation because it takes such a toll on mortality, health, 
psychological well-being, how we treat our children." 

The last commonality, she says, "is why I study this: 
it 7 s not that hard to change." The key is to eliminate 
either the stereotype or the stress that comes from it. 

To help with the former, she advocates for struc¬ 
tural changes in institutions. Diversity in the work¬ 
place, for example, may be increased by switching to 
cluster hiring — interviewing for and filling multiple 
positions at once — instead of hiring for individual 
positions. (People operate in a different mindset when 
they are considering groups, she explains: They think 
instead about teams, who fits best together and how 
there are many ways to define "best," rather than fix¬ 
ate on some prototypical employee ideal.) 

As for easing the stress of stereotype threat, the 
psychological armor described in her Dean's Day 
lecture is one strategy; it causes students to reap¬ 
praise their capacity to cope, with a ripple effect 
that ultimately puts them in better position to 
focus on schoolwork. 

"You can protect minority students, women, 
LGBT [individuals], from the stress of stereotypes," 
Purdie-Vaughns says. "There's a lot of work that 
can be done. The key is getting it out of the labo¬ 
ratory and into practice. That's hopefully the next 
big part of my career: integrating the world of aca¬ 
demia with the world of policy." 


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Purdie-Vaughns dreams of building a center at 
Columbia where people interested in policy, jour¬ 
nalism and both basic and applied research would 
come together for discussion. Her media appear¬ 
ances are another way of increasing understanding 
about the causes of bias as well as raising awareness 
of potential solutions. "I don't even think my opinion 
is important when 1 go on these shows," she says. "I 
like to bring the science — to say, we can talk about 
these issues but psychologists study them, rigorously, 
and there are scientific answers to these questions." 

Of course, Purdie-Vaughns also is having an 
influence through the classroom and in her research 
lab. She regularly teaches "Introduction to Cultural 
Psychology" and "Cultural Psychology in the Pub¬ 
lic Interest" in addition to graduate courses. Her lab 
engages postdoctoral and doctoral students as well 
as postbacs and undergraduates, the latter through 
the Lobel Fellow Program. Now in its second year, 
the program provides funding for up to four under¬ 
graduates to work in her lab every year, including 
15 hours a week during the school year and full-time 
in the summer. 

"Columbia students care deeply about some¬ 
thing in the world. It may not be the thing that I 
care about," Purdie-Vaughns says, laughing, "but 
they care about something — and they're going to 
get you on board." With that in mind, she adds, 
"My goal is to turn on every student in all my 
courses once — just one day — to get them to think 
a little bit differently. That's a lot of students, that's 
a lot of days! But that's what I ask for." 

Former lab manager Nick Camp '09 attests that 
Purdie-Vaughns' passion is contagious and her 
philosophy inspiring. "What I really learned from 
Valerie is that research, when it's done right, has 
something to say to society and something to give 
back to society — and vice versa," says Camp, now 
a Ph.D. student in social psychology at Stanford. 


"Dynamic is a cliched term but Valerie has the 
most positive energy of any academic I've known," 
he adds. "She is constantly in motion and you 
can feel the energy in the room change when she 
enters; there's a spark there." 

Downey agrees — "she pulls people along with 
her" — continuing, "Valerie has a capacity to com¬ 
municate that's presidential. She's able to speak to the 
public in the different ways that are needed, to do it 
for broad and different audiences — not just [translat¬ 
ing it into] layman's terms, but whomever the audi¬ 
ence is; she seems to be able to make that switch." 

Both qualities were on display during Purdie- 
Vaughns' Dean's Day lecture, as was the excite¬ 
ment generated by her research. She gamely took 
a 20-minute detour for questions in the middle of 
her talk, criss-crossing the room and half-jogging 
up the stairs to get closer to each questioner — then 
let the 15-minute Q&A portion run double. After¬ 
ward, attendees queued for more conversation; 
Purdie-Vaughns clarified concepts, shared her 
email address freely and invited one high-schooler 
to get in touch for a tour of the research lab. An 
hour passed before the last person said goodbye. 

Purdie-Vaughns later reflected, "I'm looking at 
Columbia students across a 50-year span and I'm 
thinking, 'Wow, this is our brand. This is what a 
Columbia student looks like.' They're asking ques¬ 
tions, they're attacking my theories. At the same time, 
they're cheering me on, totally respectful. They're being 
inspired, and they're inspiring. It blew me away." 

She added that the outpouring of positive reactions 
was overwhelming. "I'm not an emotional person, but 
I went home and tears were running down my face. It 
was an amazing day and an amazing moment. I real¬ 
ized, 'I'm an insider.... I am a Columbian.'" 

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Alexis Tonti SOA'll is CCT's managing editor. 


Left to right: President 
Barack Obama '83 
delivering a eulogy 
on June 26 for Rev. 
Clementa Pinckney, 
who was killed in 
the Charleston, S.C., 
shootings; preparing 
for a rally in Spokane, 
Wash., in response to 
news that the head 
of the local naacp 
chapter lied about her 
race; gathering out¬ 
side the U.S. Supreme 
Court after the ruling 
that same-sex couples 
have the right to 
marry in all 50 states. 

PHOTOS, LEFT TO RIGHT: 

JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES; 
SHAWN GUST/COEUR 
D'ALENE PRESS; RENA 
SC HILD/S HUTTERSTOCK.COM 


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Photos: Jorg Meyer 


From doorway 
adornments 
to under-eave 
hangings, 
timepieces grace 
die campus’ 
oft-overlooked 
spaces 


CLOCK 

SPOTTING 











Clockwise 
from top left: 
Butler, main desk; 
Havemeyer 309; 
Schermerhorn; 
Havemeyer 
lobby; Camp 
Columbia Sundial 
in front of Pupin. 



Those who live on the academic clock 

often mark the passage of time by the progression of fall and spring semes¬ 
ters, midterms and finals, Convocations and Commencements. Meanwhile, 
summer, which on Momingside Heights lasts from late May to late August, 
seems to exist outside of time altogether. Campus empties, the pace of 
life eases and a comparative quiet settles over the paths and green spaces. 
Buoyed along by these warm and mind-wandering days, it's hard not to 
think about time — how it's measured and the many reasons, despite the 
steady tick of the second hand, it feels like it speeds up or slows down. 

With that in mind, we went beyond that most familiar of campus clocks, the 
Sundial, in search of spots that actually do (or did) count the University's 
minutes and hours. This photo essay features some that we found, comple¬ 
mented by a new series of poems titled The Big Clock: Ten Haiku by David 
Lehman '70, GSAS'78, the editor of The Best American Poetry series. 

Alexis Tonti SOA'll 






























The big Clock: 

Ten Haiku 


Comes love but then comes 
work, time to work, must leave love 
back in the bedroom. 

Real time meant reel time 
in Holland where I watched High 
Noon dubbed into Dutch. 

Love is time's foe but 
the balance of the battle 
hangs on the weather. 

Time's nonpartisan — 
it is anti-Semitic 
but otherwise fair. 

Love is time's fool and 

the Fool tells truths, lies, and truths 

that sound like lies. Poems. 

Even if you work 

at something you think great, the 

time goes by too fast. 

What is poetry 

if not chance, work, and time, which 
equals love times death? 

The time has come to¬ 
day: time to quit work, go home, 
embrace spouse and kids. 

Love and time are linked 
in the realm of aesthetics 
and not in real life. 

The face of time for us who 
live in the past is 
a big shattered clock. 


David Lehman 70, GSAS78 



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SWITCHING 



AFTER NINE IVY LEAGUE 
CHAMPIONSHIPS, 

AL BAGNOLI HAS TRADED 
PENN’S NAVY FOR 

COLUMBIA’S LIGHT BLUE 



n rare occasions, life gives you a mulligan. You 
make a decision, things don't turn out quite the 
way you expect and suddenly you have a chance 
to do it over and make it right. 

That's exactly what A1 Bagnoli did last winter. 
Following 33 years as a head football coach, 10 
at Union and the last 23 at Penn — with the Quakers winning 
nine Ivy League championships — Bagnoli had decided the 
time was right to pass the torch to longtime aide Ray Priore 
and step into an administrative role in Penn's athletics depart¬ 
ment. It was a logical move, but not the right one for Bagnoli. 

"I'd always had an interest in the administrative world 
of athletics," Bagnoli says, "but it wasn't as challenging as I 
thought it would be. I guess I'm used to a different pace, dif¬ 
ferent responsibilities. After three months, I had experienced it 
long enough to know it wasn't really for me." 

That's when Bagnoli got his mulligan, courtesy of Colum¬ 
bia and an intermediary named Andy Talley, the head football 
coach at Villanova for the past two decades and previously an 
assistant coach at Brown. Talley knew Bagnoli well as a Phila¬ 
delphia football coaching rival. Talley also knew Peter Pilling, 
who at the time was a candidate to succeed M. Dianne Mur¬ 
phy as Columbia's athletics director; Pilling had been an asso¬ 
ciate athletics director at Villanova 1998-2002. 

"Andy put the two of us together," says Bagnoli. "I think 
Andy understood my situation at Penn and that I was getting 
restless, and he might have been stirring the pot a bit." 


BY ALEX SACHARE ’71 

























The bold move 
to hire Bagnoli 
drew positive 
reviews around 
the Ivy League. 



At a news conference on February 24 in Fac¬ 
ulty House to announce Bagnoli as the Patricia and 
Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football, the 20th 
man to head the Columbia program, Pilling revealed 
that he set the wheels in motion even before he was 
named Columbia's AD. "I called Andy Talley, the 
coach at Villanova whom I had worked with, and 
I gave him a list of some people" Pilling thought 
would be candidates to head Columbia's football 
program. "When we reached the end of that list, he 
said, 'You know, A1 Bagnoli may be looking for a job.' 
I thought that was very interesting. He and I started 
a dialogue, and when I was appointed athletics direc¬ 
tor three weeks later, I got on a train to Philadelphia 
and we met in person to continue the dialogue." 

What Pilling found was a man who was restless. 
"I had the title 'director of special projects,"' Bagnoli 
says. "I guess I was kind of like the catch-all. I did 
everything from writing recruiting protocols and 
financial aid explanations to equipment inventory 
procedures and football scheduling. When the smoke 
cleared, I was more meant for coaching than being 
an administrator. 

"It was like being on sabbatical," Bagnoli adds 
about his time as an administrator. 

But when the topic of possibly returning to coach¬ 
ing came up. Pilling noticed a difference in Bagnoli. 
"He had that fire in his belly," Pilling says. "That was 
one of the things that struck me as a real positive." 


Bagnoli was the only coaching candidate that 
Pilling met with, and his hiring was accomplished 
in a matter of days. The bold move drew positive 
reviews around the Ivy League, as typified by this 
reaction from longtime Harvard coach Tim Mur¬ 
phy: "This is a great statement saying football is 
important at Columbia. In A1 they are getting an 
outstanding veteran coach who will recruit well, 
get the most out of the kids and represent Colum¬ 
bia in a classy manner." 

The 62-year-old Bagnoli, whose teams com¬ 
piled a 112-49 Ivy record at Penn including three 
undefeated seasons and who has an overall head 
coaching record of 234-99, knows full well that 
Columbia football has not enjoyed that kind of suc¬ 
cess. "If you like challenges, this is it," he said at 
his introductory news conference, drawing a laugh 
from the crowd. But he feels there is a commitment 
at the highest levels of the Columbia administra¬ 
tion to turning the football program around and is 
confident he will have the resources to do so. 

"I knew the whole thing would have to change 
radically," Bagnoli says. "If they were going to do 
business as usual, they were going to run into the 
same problems. If there wasn't that commitment 
in terms of finances and attitude and other things, 
then I didn't want to be involved. But I really 
became intrigued after speaking with Peter Pilling 
and President [Lee C.] Bollinger and hearing their 


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commitment to doing things the right way, and I 
realized that this could be right for me." 

Step one, Bagnoli says, is "making football fun 
again" for Columbia's players. "Practice has to be 
the best two hours of your day." 

I ^J ootball has not been much fun at Columbia 
pll for a while, if you equate fun with winning, 
il The Lions have lost their last 21 games and 
were outscored 389-103 last season. Columbia's 
last winning record was in 1996, and it has enjoyed 
just five winning seasons since the Ivy League 
began football competition in 1956. 

"There has got to be a cultural change," Bagnoli 
said in an interview in July, as he prepared for his 
first Columbia campaign. "We already have been 
able to do some things in terms of strength and 
conditioning coaches, practice times, things like 
that, which are relatively easy. The harder thing 
in terms of the kids is getting them to really enjoy 
football. It can be really discouraging when you're 
not enjoying much success. We needed to loosen 
up the reins." 

Toward that end, Bagnoli assembled a staff of 
assistants that includes some coaches he worked 
with at Penn, some coaches with experience at 
other Ivy League and Patriot League schools, and 
"some guys with other backgrounds for new ideas. 
It's a nice mixture of people from various back¬ 
grounds," he says. 

Bagnoli was encouraged by what he saw at 
spring practice in April, where one of his goals was 
to get a firsthand look at the returning players. "So 
far, so good," he said after the first day of workouts. 
"We didn't want to go into spring football with any 
biases or preconceived notions. We want everybody 
to have a clean slate and take it from there. We want 
to figure out whether we have kids at the right posi¬ 
tions or whether we should shuffle things around. 
We're really going to try to tailor things around 
what kids can do well, what they are comfortable 
doing, and then try to expand on that." 

Although Bagnoli arrived at Columbia late in 
the recruiting season, he was able to add two first- 
years and several transfers to the first-year play¬ 
ers who had been recruited by interim coach Chris 
Rippon, former coach Pete Mangurian and their 
staff. And since arriving on Morningside Heights, 
Bagnoli already has gotten several prospects to 
commit to Columbia for 2016. 

Asked in July to look ahead to the coming sea¬ 
son and assess the team's strengths, he said, "Com¬ 
ing out of spring ball, once we get our defensive 
line intact, that's going to be a good unit. With 
Hunter Little '16 and Chad Washington '16 com¬ 
ing back to join Niko Padilla '16 and the rest of the 
guys we have, that should be a strength. Our kick¬ 
ing game, especially our punters, looked good in 
spring practice. And the offense did a really nice 
job adjusting to a new offensive system. 





"We're cautiously optimistic. I'm very pleased Bagnoli at practice 
with the work ethic and the attention to detail that in April. 

I'Ve seen " PHOTOS: MIKE MCLAUGHLIN 

Columbia opens its season at Fordham on 
September 19, with the first home game against 
Georgetown the following week. The Ivy League 
campaign begins at Princeton on October 2 and 
features a Homecoming matchup against Bagnoli's 
former team, Penn, on October 17. 

Realistically, how would Bagnoli ask fans to 
judge the program's progress this season? 

"Part of that is the won-loss record, of course," he 
says. "But you want to look at some different things 
as well — are we scoring more, are we giving up 
fewer points, are we gaining more yards and giving 
up less, do the kids play hard the whole game, what's 
the morale of the team? Those are things you look for. 

You have good morale if the kids are playing hard 
the whole time, and that helps your retention rate. 

You've got to be able to hold onto your players and 
develop them over the long haul. 

"This place has great potential. The longer I'm 
here, the more I believe that." 

Columbia can thank a veteran coach from Phila¬ 
delphia's Main Line for helping to get Bagnoli out 
from behind a desk and back on the sidelines in 
coaching gear. 

"Andy Talley was the matchmaker, and we owe 
him some nice Italian meals," says Pilling. 


Alex Sachare '71, Columbia College Today's editor in 
chief, has seen 11 Columbia head football coaches since enter¬ 
ing as a freshman in September 1967. 


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[COLUMBIA FORUM] 


The House Tells the Story 

Homes of the American Presidents, in text and watercolors 



I n fall 2011, Adam Van Doren '84, GSAPP'90 sent the first of many 
illustrated letters to eminent historian David McCullough from 
FDR's home in Hyde Park. ("It was a frigid day and I damn near 
froze to death trying to render the house," he com-plained, in impres¬ 
sively legible handwriting.) It was at McCullough's suggestion that 
Van Doren, an architectural painter, had traveled to Hyde Park to 
sketch the house. Knowing Van Doren's love for history — and his skill at 
rendering facades — McCullough suggested that he undertake the project of 
trying to paint the homes of America's Presidents: a sidelong way of revealing 
each leader's essential character. 

As Van Doren traveled from Virginia (Monticello) to Texas (Prairie Chapel 
Ranch) and Missouri (Harry S Truman National Historic Site), he was taken 
by a gradual realization: It was not the 
majesty but the authenticity and, occasion¬ 
ally, humility of these not-always-stately 
homes that impressed him most. Our Presi¬ 
dents' lives "are so staged, so scrutinized, 
that it is hard to separate public persona 
from private. But to see where they live ... 
is to learn first-hand what makes them 
human," Van Doren says. Fifteen houses 
later — after Mount Vernon in Virginia, the 
Coolidge Homestead in Vermont and Saga¬ 
more Hill in New York — he was done. 

The House Tells the Story: Homes of the American Presidents, a col¬ 
lection of these letters accompanied by evocative watercolors and with a fore¬ 
word by McCullough, was released this year by art publisher David R. Godine. 



— Rose Kernochan BC'82 


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ADAM VAN DOREN '84, GSAPP'90 


Foreword 

Adam Van Doren is one of those people who has such enthu¬ 
siasm for a variety of interests that he is himself invariably 
interesting. Added to this is a grand sense of humor and great 
talent as an artist. 

He lives with his family in New York, teaches a popular 
course in watercolor painting at Yale, and keeps in touch with 
friends with illustrated letters that are treasures. 

Adam and I first met at a reception in New York and found 
we shared a common interest in architecture and painting, and 
it was not long after that the remarkable letters began arriving, 
mostly about Boston and Yale to begin with. 

The first of those letters chronicling his tour of the homes of 
the presidents was dated November 22, 2011. And clear it was 
from the start that he was off and running in grand spirit. There 
was nothing imitative about the letters. They were just as he is, 
refreshingly observant, good-hearted, entertaining, alert always 
to those details that distinguish one setting or one individual 
from another. 

The homes of our presidents have, of course, been photo¬ 
graphed time and again over the years, but with his eye for 
architecture and the human element, not to say his distinctive 
sense of humor, Adam presents these historical landmarks, as 
well as their former occupants, in a manner quite his own. He 
sees them anew, and consequently, so do we. 

The letters kept coming. Of the forty-two presidential homes 
open to the public, plus a few that are not, he traveled to fifteen. 
Some he was seeing for the first time. Others he had visited 
before, but never to study and sketch. 

He started with Franklin Roosevelt's house at Hyde Park, 
New York, on the Hudson. It was his first time there and I love 
that right away he singles out the formidable portraits of FDR's 
mother and wonders how it must have been for Eleanor Roo¬ 
sevelt to have had to face them every day. Empathetic note is 
made, too, of FDR's beloved Fala, and with understanding com¬ 
ment on what the little dog's companionship must have meant 
to someone with the weight of the world on his shoulders. 

Setting foot in the habitat of a major historic figure, mov¬ 
ing from room to room, paying attention to details, you nearly 



always feel another level of under- Sagamore Hill, home 
standing of the human being who lived t0 Teddy Roosevelt, 
there. It is a degree of appreciation to in Oyste r Bay, N Y. 
be found in no other way, in my experi¬ 
ence. And it is this that Adam's letters convey page after page, 
in both what he writes and his lively watercolor sketches. 

Fair to say that in all these houses one feels acutely the pres¬ 
ence of their former occupants, but at none more so perhaps 
than Sagamore Hill at Oyster Bay, Long Island. Sagamore Hill 
is big, rambling, full of books and hunting trophies — elk and 
moose heads, elephant tusks — a house chock full of Theodore 
Roosevelt. There is never a question of who lived there. 

A highlight of Adam's two letters from Sagamore Hill is 
his account of working alone out on the grounds one morn¬ 
ing, concentrating on a watercolor of the house while trying 
to cope with the stiff winds of a November day. ("The ghost 
of Teddy?" he wonders.) Suddenly a voice speaks to him from 
behind. "Nice work. Keep it up." Turning, he sees Teddy him¬ 
self — or rather, an actor dressed for the part, James Foote, 
who does dramatic recreations on the site. 

Taken all together there never has been a tour of the presi¬ 
dential home places so refreshing as this, or one conducted by 
so congenial a tour guide. 

David McCullough 


Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, New York 

Teddy Roosevelt ( 1858 - 1919 ) 

[term of office: 1901 - 1909 J 

S agamore Hill is an elegantly designed, perfectly propor¬ 
tioned Queen Anne house, a masterpiece of late shingle- 
style architecture. It is not, however, what many people 
expect Teddy Roosevelt's house to look like. They envision a 
Parthenon-sized log cabin with massive timbers and boulder 
chimneys. TR, after all, was the swashbuckling hunter of big 
game, the larger-than-life hero of San Juan Hill, the colossal 
face on Mount Rushmore. But this is Oyster Bay, not Mount 
Olympus. Roosevelt had titanic energy and a notoriously fiery 
temperament, but he was equally capable of tenderness and 
subtlety; he loved poetry (a champion of Edwin Arlington 


Robinson) and was deeply affected by the beauties of the natu¬ 
ral world. His house is full of books, artwork, and souvenirs 
from a life that reveals and confirms a thoughtful, even sen¬ 
timental figure. Of all the presidential homes I have visited. 
Sagamore Hill is perhaps most remarkable for the many orig¬ 
inal personal objects that are still present, and they provide 
revealing insight into his wide-ranging, if not contradictory, 
character. There is a gun room upstairs, for instance, where he 
collected Winchester lever-action rifles. He was fond of hunt¬ 
ing big game out West; and yet, ironically, this was the same 
man who also founded the National Parks. 

At the side of the house, there is a generous porte-cochere sup¬ 
ported by sturdy wood columns. It evokes images of the Roosevelts 
arriving for the summer by horse and carriage from Manhattan, all 
six children in tow. I could only imagine what the sweltering heat 
of the city must have been like in 1890, with the redolent odor of 


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horse manure — and worse — filling the streets. The cool shade 
of the large overhang and the sweet smell of the evergreens must 
have felt wonderfully restorative. It was the closest thing to air con¬ 
ditioning one could experience in the nineteenth century. 

Entering the wide front hall, I felt as if I were embarking on 
a great adventure. The rooms on the first floor have a decid¬ 
edly more virile quality than the exterior of the house: this part 
is pure man-cave. Mahogany beams and dark walnut mold¬ 
ings create a smoky atmosphere, like some back room of a Bull 
Moose Party gathering. The entrance to the large sunken liv¬ 
ing room, with its high vaulted ceiling, is punctuated by two 
great elephant tusks thrusting upward. Hunting trophies with 
jutting antlers line the walls, and animal skins cover the floors. 
I could name at least some of the slain creatures: elk, bighorn 
sheep, rhinoceros, wolf, antelope, moose, cougar. Where was 
my Panama hat and machete, after all? I felt like I was in the 
American Museum of Natural History in New York. But then 
again, and not surprisingly, Teddy was one of its founders. 


The library parlor is less dramatic, and more intimate. I was 
given special permission to sketch it, as long as a ranger sat 
beside me. The supervision seemed excessive, but I was happy 
to oblige. Family portraits hung above three-quarter bookcases 
and a fireplace with arched brickwork. By the window was a 
rocking chair in which TR presumably relaxed; though I imag¬ 
ine, given his restless nature, he never sat for long. He was too 
busy plotting another safari, running a campaign, founding 
the Progressives. My friend Roger Angell, a writer for The New 
Yorker, once told me that Roosevelt suffered from manic depres¬ 
sion and that's why he was always on the move, to distract 
himself from his own black moods. Kay Jamison, the author of 
Exuberance, characterized TR as "hypomanic on a mild day." 

Roosevelt, despite his privileged. Gilded Age upbringing, 
was no stranger to tragedy. His first wife, whom he adored, 
died in childbirth (the same day his mother died). "The light has 
gone out of my life forever," he wrote in his diary. In order to 
submerge his grief, he requested, in true Victorian fashion, that 


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ADAM VAN DOREN '84, GSAPP'90 



his family never utter her name again. No doubt Freud, who 
emerged on the scene only a few years later, would have had 
a field day with this repressed notion of how to deal with loss. 

After stepping out onto the back porch, with its sweeping view 
of the Hudson, I walked down the sloping green lawn and set up 
my drawing stool near the flagpole — the same pole which rises 
above the graves of TR's sons, Quentin and Teddy, Jr., who died in 
World Wars I and II, respectively. Some of the children visiting the 
grounds took a break from sightseeing and seized the opportunity 
to roll down the incline in teams. I imagined the house as it once 
was, alive with Roosevelt's kids. Teddy once wrote to [his son] Ker- 
mit in 1904, "[No] matter how things came out, the really impor¬ 
tant thing was the lovely life with Mother and you children, and 
that compared to this home-life everything else was of very small 
importance from the standpoint of happiness." (Kermit became a 
soldier and a businessman; daughter Alice became a writer and 
socialite; Archibald a distinguished army officer; and Ethel a World 
War I nurse who led the efforts to save Sagamore Hill). 


When the coast was clear and the children had stopped 
careening past me down the hill, I began drawing my picture. 
I had just reached my stride with the pencil when I heard a 
deep basso voice behind me remark, "Good job!" Startled, I 
turned around and to my astonishment it was — TR himself! 
He was short and stout with spectacles, and wore his trade¬ 
mark wool vest and riding boots. In actuality, it was the actor 
James Foote playing the part. He visits the site once a month 
to entertain tourists, bringing the president back to life with an 
uncanny likeness. Foote is very convincing; he certainly had 
me fooled. In my mind's eye, I saw the real Teddy, bellowing 
with his hearty laugh, his squinty eyes, and his lust for life. 

a 

From The House Tells the Story by Adam Van Doren. Reprinted by permis¬ 
sion of David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc. Text copyright © 2015 by Adam 
Van Doren. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Adam Van Doren. Foreword 
copyright © 2015 by David McCullough. 


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Q&A WITH CCAA PRESIDENT 

Back to School with ... Doug Wolf '88 


W ith a new school year just 

begun, CCT spoke with Colum¬ 
bia College Alumni Association 
president Doug Wolf '88 about his years 
on campus, the classes that changed his 
perspective and the advice he'd give to 
today's first-years. If you want to share 
your own answers to these questions, 
send them to ccalumni@columbia.edu. 



What one keepsake did you bring 
from home your first year? 

Bringing a Red Sox hat to New York 
City was my way of staying grounded. 
How could a born-and-raised Bosto¬ 
nian not carry his true colors into the 
heart of Yankee fandom? 

What was your most surprising or 
enjoyable class? 

My seminar class in physics was 
spectacular for its guest lecturers — 
the leading scientists of the day spoke 
to our group of 10 each week. But I 
loved Logic, which was a class in the 
philosophy department. The combi¬ 
nation of elegant solutions to word 
problems and language analysis hit the 
spot in so many ways. I insisted that 
my friend take the class, and she lists it 
as one of her favorites, too. Still, I hope 
she [Sherri Pancer Wolf '90] married 
me for other reasons. 


Did you have a favorite study spot? 

In my search for the quietest library, I 
studied at least once in every library on 
the Morningside Heights campus. In 
the end, my go-to place was with the 
poltergeists on any random floor in the 
Butler stacks. The darker the floor when 
I got off the elevator, the better. Then I 
would hunt for the furthest desk with a 
chair and light, and sit down with my 
Diet Coke and Baby Ruth. 

What extracurriculars did you partici¬ 
pate in? 

I was involved with the University Dorm 
Council and while I don't remember 
my precise title, I was head of intramu¬ 
ral sports for the Board of Managers; 
our committee allocated student funds 
to about 50 intramural sports. I recall 
hockey took the "lion's" share. In hind¬ 
sight, participating in activities outside 
of academics and sports added experi¬ 
ences that were invaluable. It may not 
have seemed like much then but we were 
involved in negotiations with the teams, 
managed disappointment [for the ones 
that didn't receive as much money as 
they wanted], worked with the adminis¬ 
tration and had real responsibilities. 

I did not join a fraternity but through 
my time wrestling during my first year, 
and having a brother, Eric Wolf '86, 
involved in Greek life, I was generally 
welcomed into frats on 114th for events. 

What would you join if you were 
doing it all over today? 

It certainly seems there are many more 
clubs and activities now than in the late 
1980s! I'd probably look to some of the 
entrepreneurial-based organizations. 

I've generally been business-leaning in 
my interests, and something that would 
expose a student to that world at an early 
point would fascinate me. 

Along those lines, I would also look 
to organizations that included alumni 
interactions. That sounds like a conve¬ 
nient view given my role today but it is 
actually my recognition that networking 
is critical in many social, philanthropic 
and business pursuits; building those 


connections as early as possible is some¬ 
thing that many students don't appreci¬ 
ate. I impress this upon my daughter, 
who is attending a different institution. 
She was hesitant as a freshman to attend 
alumni-inclusive events but has immedi¬ 
ately seen the advantage in being one of 
the few underclassmen there and experi¬ 
encing the enthusiasm of those alumni. 

What do you think is the most excit¬ 
ing change at the College since you 
were on campus? 

There have been many physical changes 
during the last 25 years, and I am envi¬ 
ous of many — the abundance of places 
to eat, the makeover of most of the 
residential spaces and the new academic 
buildings. While I may reminisce about 
places like the student-run store in 
Fumald, its demise was probably for the 
best. I particularly like the seemingly 
popular gathering spots in Alfred Lemer 
Hall (on the site of Ferris Booth Hall, the 
student center in my era) as well as the 
common sight of clubs and other groups 
positioned on the ramps within. It pro¬ 
vides a strong community feeling, which 
was more difficult to find years ago. 

What advice would you give to new 
students on making it through the 
first semester, being away from home 
and navigating NYC? 

On the issue of academics, the College 
does a fantastic job of screening candi¬ 
dates. Students are there because it's the 
right fit for them. Do not be discouraged 
if there are subjects that are difficult to 
grasp and seem so easy for others. Those 
who appear not to be studying are. The 
Core is not easy and I used to get dizzy 
trying to make sense of the various 
concepts. But I knew that others had to 
feel the same way even if they did not 
show it. And that applies to more than 
academics. Students can take comfort 
from the fact that when they arrive on 
campus, there are more than 1,000 other 
students who have the same insecurities, 
concerns, anxiousness and excitement ■— 
none are as cool as they appear. 


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Dan Press ’64 
Fights for Native 
American Rights 

By Eugene L. Meyer '64 

Dan Press '64, in a white shirt and tie, was headed to his 
Georgetown law office from his suburban Bethesda, Md., home 
one morning in June. But he was looking ahead to the following 
week, when he would herd cattle and fix fences on a ranch in the 
mountains of New Mexico. 

"There's something about jumping on a horse and going 
into the mountains and wandering around," he says. "It does 
good things to you." 

Press, raised in a working-class Jewish family in Flushing, 
Queens, rides the range three or four times a year, returning to 
his postgraduate roots as a young law student helping Native 
Americans achieve their rights to fair employment and union 
wages on their sovereign land. 

In 1972, four years after graduating from Yale Law, Press left 
the reservation but not the cause. Back in Washington, D.C., 
he worked tirelessly on behalf of Indian tribes for economic 
justice. In 1971, Press helped to establish the first labor rela¬ 
tions office on the Navajo reservation to ensure that companies 
doing business on tribal land adhered to Navajo preference in 
hiring. Later, he gave it a name: TERO, for Tribal Employment 
Rights Office, and the idea caught on. Today, more than 300 
Native American tribes have TEROs. 

Press also helped start the Native American Bank, jointly 
owned by 20 tribes; assisted one tribe with legislation award¬ 
ing it $450 million for land taken for a federal dam; and helped 
another tribe gain title to more than 9,000 acres of land at a 
former military base near its reservation. 

"Dan is very humble, but he is one of the greatest lawyers who 
have made a national impact on Native Americans throughout the 
United States," says Kenneth White Jr., a Navajo who is CEO of 
Native Americans for Community Action, in Flagstaff, Ariz. 

Press is also an adjunct professor in Columbia's anthropol¬ 
ogy department and is affiliated with Columbia's Center for 
the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He teaches undergraduate 
courses on Native American issues and, more recently, helped 
found the AlterNATIVE Education program for Indian youth. 
The five-day summer program, offered on reservations from 
Zuni, N.M., to Pine Ridge, S.D., covers topics from identity 
and tribal history, to efforts to exterminate Native Americans 
and their culture, to how to apply to college. 

Given his background. Press' career path might seem sur¬ 
prising. His grandparents were Eastern European immigrants, 
his father a high-school dropout who sold magazines. Press 
assumed he was Queens College-bound. But his older brother, 
Phil SEAS'63, SEAS'65, had won a full scholarship to Columbia, 



so Press applied, expecting to commute. A night in Phil's dorm 
dazzled him, however, so to afford on-campus life Press washed 
dishes in Johnson Hall, then a women's graduate dorm. 

"Columbia was eye-opening," he says. "Taking Contempo¬ 
rary Civilization, thinking about all these big ideas, was the 
most wonderful thing that happened to me." His CC instruc¬ 
tor was Robert Dallek GSAS'64, now a prominent presidential 
historian. Press majored in sociology and studied with Daniel 
Bell GSAS'60, whom he calls "my intellectual idol. I was inter¬ 
ested in social theory — what made the world work." 

The summer after graduating. Press worked at the New 
York World's Fair waiting tables. During his spare time he 
reread The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which inspired him 
to look west of the Hudson. 

Press entered the Law School but after a year took a leave 
of absence to join Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), 
one of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs. 
Unexcited by his assignment at Columbia's School of Social 
Work — "it was not quite floating down the Mississippi River" 
— he immediately traveled to VISTA's Washington, D.C. head¬ 
quarters to request another post. He could work with migrants. 
Southern coops or Indians, he was told. He chose Indians. 

"I knew nothing about it," he says. Three weeks later, he 
was en route to Montana. "I got off the plane, looked at the 
mountains, and said, 'Yes, this is what I was looking for.'" 

Press spent a year on the Crow Reservation. He and other 
VISTA volunteers tutored children, set up a library, created an 
after-school program. He also helped a 
tribal elder write a small book about 
treaties made and broken. Along the 
way, he went to a sweat bath, shot a 
deer in the mountains, helped gut 
it and ate deer liver cooked over 
a fire. So accepted was he that a 
Crow family adopted him into 
the tribe and family. 

During that year. Press devel¬ 
oped a love for horses and Indian 
law. He transferred to Yale and 
focused on learning about using 
the law for social change. As he was 
graduating in 1968, Navajo Nation 
recruiters came to campus to hire 
someone to start a legal services 
program. Press got the job 
and wound up in Win¬ 
dow Rock, Ariz., the 
Navajo Nation's capital. 

In 1972, he moved 
to Washington, D.C., 
where he continued to 
fight for Indian rights, 
first as a consultant, 
then as a solo prac¬ 
titioner, later joining 
a law firm. In 1990, 
he went to another 


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AlterNATlVE Education facilitators and faculty adviser Dan Press '64 
at the Zuni (N.M.) Reservation in 2013. 

PHOTO: ZOE BANDEAH 


firm. Van Ness Feldman, where he rose to partner and where he 
still works. 

While continuing to labor on behalf of Indians, Press decided 
to return to school — to teach, though he had never done so. In 
2005, an Alumni Office representative invited him to speak to 
what was then the Columbia Native American Club. From that 
emerged his first course, on issues in tribal government, in Spring 
2012. A second, on Indian education, followed, and like his first 
was jointly created by Press and students "who asked for a course 
in which they could actually do something about the problems 
on reservations," he says. A third course, on Native American 
economic development, grew out of the first two. 

At the initial meeting of the first course, students were 
silent. Press thought he'd failed. But from the second class on, 
they talked nonstop. The subject of historical trauma came up, 
an intergenerational issue "that gets passed down," he says, 
similar to what's experienced by the children and grandchil¬ 
dren of Holocaust survivors. 

Press arranged for his students to meet President Barack 
Obama '83's Indian affairs adviser at the White House. On the 
same trip, they visited the United States Holocaust Memorial 
Museum. They talked about Native American cultural geno¬ 
cide but also about resilience. 

In Spring 2013, in his course on Indian education. Press and 
his students came up with AlterNATlVE Education. Press used 
his tribal connections to help launch the initiative that summer, 
and it has since blossomed into an annual experience offered on 
eight reservations. Press remains involved as an adviser. 

"He's such a heavy hitter," says Fantasia Painter '13, a mem¬ 
ber of the Salt River-Maricopa Indian Community in Phoenix 
active in AE. "He's such a great advocate. He really just helped 
make it happen." 


Eugene L. Meyer '64 is a former longtime Washington Post reporter, 
an author and the editor of B'nai B'rith Magazine. 


Little Started 
Demartini on the 
Path to Success 

By John E. Mulligan III '72 

Dr. Felix E. Demartini '43, PS'46 spent his career at the 
University's medical complex and helped to usher it into the 
modem era, starting in 1977, when he became the first doctor to 
serve as both president and CEO of what was then called Pres¬ 
byterian Hospital at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. 
But Demartini says his first mentor was not a prominent physi¬ 
cian. He was a Lions legend: football coach Lou Little, who was 
a stickler for good grades and who pushed his players to be off- 
the-field leaders. 

Demartini was an accomplished high school player in 
1937 when he made a recruiting visit to Little, the engineer of 
Columbia's famous upset of Stanford in the 1934 Rose Bowl. 
But Demartini says he was also "a screw-up. I don't think I'd 
ever read a book all the way through." 

An assistant coach delivered bad news: "You don't have the 
grades to get into Columbia." But, he said. Demartini might be 
admitted after a post-graduate year at prep school. 

Back home in Ridgefield, N.J., this was not a tough call for 
Demartini's father, a successful textile salesman. Andrew Demar¬ 
tini started working after eighth grade and spent years building a 
career. To the senior Demartini, education was everything. 

"Don't even think about it," Demartini's father said of the 
chance. "Do it!" So Demartini spent a year at Connecticut's 
Cheshire Academy, where, he says now, "I found to my sur¬ 
prise that I could do the work if I disciplined myself." The 
school's academic rigor and the individual attention wrought 
"a profound change in me." 

And thus, in fall 1939, Demartini was playing freshman 
football at Baker Field. Great Britain was at war with Nazi 
Germany but Demartini says he and his friends "weren't con¬ 
cerned about the war yet." He was making his mark on the 
gridiron as a 6-foot-l, 185-lb. guard who stung opposing run¬ 
ners more with quickness than with strength. 

A few weeks after the 1941 season, however. Pearl Harbor 
changed everything. Demartini says. Military service became 
a preoccupation on campus. 

Demartini and All-American quarterback Paul Govemali '43 
were co-captains in 1942. "Our team was decimated because so 
many people were drafted or left school to enlist," says Demar¬ 
tini. He, too, had a foot in the future. Months ahead of schedule, 
he left the College for a war-shortened course at P&S — 36 months 
instead of four years. He later practiced medicine as an internist. 

Also in 1943, Demartini began his nearly 67 years of mar¬ 
riage to his childhood sweetheart, Mildred Van Valkenburg, 


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who died in 2010. They had three children: Felix Jr. '71; Paul 
'72, PS'77; and Lisa Demartini Ogburn. 

After P&S graduation and an internship. Demartini served 
two years as an Army doctor aboard Navy transport ships. 
He began his residency and fellowships in 1949 at Columbia's 
hospital. In 1953 he began his practice on the hospital staff. 
Later in the 1950s, he began teaching clinical medicine at P&S. 

At that point. Demartini happily chose the track he fol¬ 
lowed until retirement: splitting his time between his practice 
and teaching. "The atmosphere was really unbelievable," he 
says. So many professionals "were at the cutting edge of medi¬ 
cine that I wanted to continue in this institution." 

In 1974, Demartini began several years as the hospital 
board's vice chair for professional and scientific affairs. At the 
time, the hospital faced two dire problems: The facility was so 
antiquated that it couldn't be properly modernized (e.g., the 
old hospital building had been designed before X-rays were 
as routinely used as today — to say nothing of more modern 
high-tech equipment — and thus X-ray rooms were inconve¬ 
niently located) and the institution was stricken with financial 
woes, partly rooted in the changes Medicare and similar pro¬ 
grams had made in the economics of hospitals. 

In 1977, the hospital board asked Demartini to tackle such 
challenges as its president and CEO. He compares the task to 
solving a huge, complicated puzzle. While making improve¬ 
ments to the old plant during his first years on the job. Demartini 
also had to develop the hospital's plan for a large-scale modern¬ 
ization of facilities, technology and finances. Then he led the cre¬ 
ation of the bricks-and-mortar modernization plan. Major pieces 
would include the Milstein Hospital Building; a string of store¬ 
front ambulatory care clinics in Northern Manhattan; and The 
Allen Hospital, a community hospital to provide cost- 
efficient care of illnesses and injuries that didn't require 
the full resources of a major hospital. (Fittingly, the 
smaller community hospital's location was a rocky 
parcel of Columbia land by the Broadway Bridge — 
yards from where Demartini had played for Little 
more than 40 years earlier.) After seven years at the 
helm. Demartini and his team had set the wheels 
in motion for the construction of the new complex. 

Demartini, who turned 95 on September 9, 
views his leadership years as the capstone of an 
association with Columbia that lasted from the 
1939 football season until his 1984 retire¬ 
ment. He feels "those seven years 
had more impact" on the hospi¬ 
tal than all the work he did in 
his previous years in medicine. 

Demartini has devoted his 
retirement to the same passions 
that drove him as a younger 
man: family, medicine and 
sports. He enjoys regular 
reunions with his children 
and their families and as 
an accomplished golfer, 
he belongs to the Ameri¬ 
can Seniors Golf Associa¬ 
tion. Among other medical 
administrative work during 
his retirement, Demartini 
has served on the board of 


Lions 1942 co-captains Dr. Felix E. Demartini '43, PS'46 (left) and 
Paul V. Governali '43 (right) with football coach Lou Little. 

PHOTO: COURTESY JOHN EISINGER 


trustees of the Indian River Medical Center Foundation near his 
home in Vero Beach, Fla. 

O ne day in the 1950s, Little sent Demartini a warm note 
with a copy of the football program from the 1940 
game at Dartmouth — a 20-6 upset for the Lions, and 
the first game Demartini started on the varsity. 

That's "what Mr. Little was like," Demartini says. "He 
remembered something important to an old player, long after 
he was of service on the field." 

Bill Campbell '62, TC'64, who as the Lions' cap¬ 
tain led Columbia to its only Ivy League football 
crown in 1961, says Demartini was cut from the 
same cloth as Little. "He played on great Colum¬ 
bia teams under the greatest Columbia coach," 
in an era when the Lions still competed with 
major football powers and produced nation- 
ally-known players, says Campbell. 

At the same time, adds Campbell, Demartini 
embodies the Columbia scholar-athlete who was 
hungry for a great education and career 
and who felt obliged to help sub¬ 
sequent generations to aim as 
high. Demartini always had 
time to give a tour of the med¬ 
ical school to young football 
players who were interested 
in medicine, Campbell says. 

"This is what people 
in my era wanted to be 
like," Campbell says, call¬ 
ing Demartini a mentor 
to younger Columbians 
who demonstrated that 
"you could be a jock, but 
you could also be a doc." 


John E. Mulligan III '72 

is a former reporter for the 
Providence Journal. 


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ALUMNI IN THE NEWS 


Three Lions baseball players were selected in June's Major 
League Baseball first-year player draft. Outfielder Gus Craig 
SEAS'15, the Co-Ivy League Player of the Year, was taken by 
the Seattle Mariners in the 30th round. Pitcher George Tha- 
nopoulos '15 and outfielder Jordan Serena '15 both were 
picked up in the 35th round, Thanopoulos by the New York 
Mets and Serena by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 


In more Lions sports news, Katie Meili '13 won a gold 
medal for the 100m breaststroke during the 2015 Pan 
American Games, finishing in 1:06.26. During the race 
preliminaries, Meili set a Pan American Games record for 
the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:05.64, beating the 
previous record by two full seconds. 


In June, Lea Goldman '98 
was promoted to the role 
of executive editor at Marie 
Claire magazine. She began 
at the women's magazine in 
March 2008 and previously 
was its features and special 
projects director, as well as 
its deputy editor. In her new 
role, Goldman will manage 
writers and editors, continue 
to write and edit features on 
politics, women's rights and 
international issues, and will 
have a special focus on the 
Marie Claire @Work section. 



Lea Goldman '98 

PHOTO: COURTESY 
HEARST MAGAZINES 


U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein '54, LAW'56 was in 
the news for his July 7 decision on robocalls, the auto¬ 
mated calls that come from a dialing device and deliver 
a recorded message. In a civil suit brought by a Texas 
woman against Time Warner Cable, Hellerstein ruled that 
the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection 
Act in making 153 robocalls to her mobile device even 
after she told Time Warner that she was not the intended 
recipient and did not wish to be called. The plaintiff was 
awarded $229,500 in treble damages. 


College alumni were well represented during Emmy 
nomination season. Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon 
'06 received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting 
Actress in a Comedy Series; House of Cards creator Beau 
Willimon '99, SOA'03 and Orange Is the New Black creator 
Jenji Kohan '91 both received nominations for Outstand¬ 
ing Drama Series; and Maggie Gyllenhaal '99 was nomi¬ 
nated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or 
a Movie for her work on The Honorable Woman. 


In other entertain¬ 
ment news, Steven 
Bargonetti '78 
received The Boston 
Theater Critics Asso¬ 
ciation's 2015 Elliot 
Norton Award for 
Outstanding Musical 
Performance by an 
Actor for his work in 
the play Father Comes 
Home From The Wars 
(Parts 1,2 & 3.) 

Bill Condon '76 
directed the film 
Mr. Holmes, star¬ 
ring Ian McKellen 
and Laura Linney, 
released in July to 
favorable reviews. 



Steven Bargonetti 78 


Poet and artist John Giomo '58 has two major exhibitions 
in 2015: His solo show at New York's Elizabeth Dee Gallery, 
"SPACE FORGETS YOU," was on view April 2-May 9, 
while a retrospective of his work will open on Monday, 
September 28, at Paris' Palais de Tokyo as a mash-up of his 
poems against a backdrop of graffiti from French street 
artists Lek and Sowat. 


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Gerrard P. Bush- 
ell '83, GSAS'04 president/ CEO of the Dormitory Author¬ 
ity of the State of New York, one of the nation's leading 
issuers of tax-exempt bonds and a major source of capital for 
infrastructure. DASNY provides financing and construction 
services for public and private universities, hospitals and 
healthcare facilities, and other nonprofits. "I am excited by 
the opportunity to serve Governor Andrew Cuomo and the 
people of New York State as we commence on an ambitious 
journey," Bushell said in a DASNY press release. 


The New York Times featured Tifphani White '98's rela¬ 
tionship with now-husband Michael King as part of its 
"Summer Love" series exploring romance in New York 
City; the July 9 article was headlined "An Ice Cream 
Cone, a Ring, Then After 23 Years, a Promise." White, the 
first African-American woman to become a tax partner 
at financial network Deloitte, began dating King in high 
school; the article covers the couple's long courtship, 
including White's time at Columbia, where she double- 
majored in economics-philosophy and dance. White and 
King were married at St. Paul's Chapel on June 26. 

Anne-Ryan Heatwole JRN'09 


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Bookshelf 


Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust 

by Frank M. Tuerkheimer '60 and 
Michael J. Bazyler. Go beyond 
Nuremberg with this examina¬ 
tion of 10 trials held in seven 
countries across 50-plus years. 
"Can one ever hope for justice 
in these cases?" the authors ask. 
Still, there is much to learn about 
how different legal systems 
confronted Nazi crimes and con¬ 
tributed to the collective memory 
of the Holocaust (New York 
University Press, $45). 

The Prince of Minor Writers: 

The Selected Essays of Max 
Beerbohm edited and with an 
introduction by Phillip Lopate 
’64. Lopate, himself a nonfiction 
writer, gathers works by this 
late 19th- and early 20th-century 
British drama critic, essayist and 
astute observer of life. There's 
an art to being a gentle, and 
gentlemanly, curmudgeon — and 
Beerbohm had it down (New 
York Review Books, $18.95). 

Jews and Genes: The Genetic 
Future in Contemporary Jew¬ 
ish Thought edited by Elliot N. 
Dorff '65 and Laurie Zoloth. With 
the layman in mind, the editors 
explain the science behind stem 
cell research, genetic mapping 
and identity, genetic testing and 
genetic intervention. Accompany¬ 
ing essays offer viewpoints on 
how Judiasm should be applied 
to the research (University of 
Nebraska Press, $35). 


Eternal Ephemera: Adapta¬ 
tion and the Origin of Species 
from the Nineteenth Century 
through Punctuated Equilibria 
and Beyond by Niles Eldredge '65. 
Paleontologist Eldredge charts the 
history of evolutionary biology 
and its leading thinkers, exploring 
how and why scientific views on 
the subject have changed. It's the 
evolution of evolution (Columbia 
University Press, $35). 

Three Plays by John F. Levin '65. 

The historically based play Vera¬ 
cruz, set in the Mexican city during 
its 1914 occupation by U.S. forces, 
sees famed author Jack London 
and the young Capt. Douglas 
MacArthur form an unlikely 
alliance. Snowbirds and Big Money 
round out this three-in-one collec¬ 
tion (Black Apollo Press, $16). 

Voices in the Night: Stories by Ste¬ 
ven Millhauser '65. The author, who 
was awarded the 2011 Story Prize 
for We Others: New & Selected Sto¬ 
ries, adds to his short-form oeuvre 
with 16 tales of the fantastic. Some 
put ordinary people in contact with 
the extraordinary, while others 
reimagine myths and legends of 
old. Is it any wonder Paul Bunyan's 
brother grew up in a large shadow 
(Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95)? 

The Last Brazil of Benjamin East 

by Jonathan Freedman 72. The 
Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist 
turns to fiction with this novel that 
pairs the 72-year-old East, back in 


the United States after nearly 40 
years in Brazil, with a woman who 
is fleeing an abusive relationship. 
Love, friendship and a road trip 
follow (Bright Lights Press, $12.95). 

Pugilistic by George Guida '89. 

The author's fourth collection of 
poems focuses on people wavering 
between despair and redemption. 
Spend time with a diverse cohort, 
from a card player and a comic, 
to a boxer, a divorcee, a witness 
to a disaster and more (WordTech 
Communications, $20). 

The Isle of the Lost: A Descen¬ 
dants Novel by Melissa de la Cruz 
'93. The children of Disney's most 
notorious villains take center 
stage in the search for the hidden 
Dragon's Eye — the key to help¬ 
ing themselves and their parents 
escape lifetime banishment on a 
remote island. Evil runs in the fam¬ 
ily (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99). 

The New Freedom and the Radi¬ 
cals: Woodrow Wilson, Progres¬ 
sive Views of Radicalism, and the 
Origins of Repressive Tolerance 

by Jacob Kramer '93. This intellec¬ 
tual history examines how progres¬ 
sives — who sought to regulate 
big business, reduce class conflict 
and ease urban poverty — thought 
about radical politics at the begin¬ 
ning of the 20th century (Temple 
University Press, $79.50). 

Conversion by Katherine Howe '99. 
This chilling novel follows dual 


plot lines: what happens when 
students at a modem-day elite girls' 
school are beset by tics and other 
bizarre symptoms, and the similarly 
strange experiences that were at the 
heart of the Salem witch trials of 
1692. IPs tough to be a teenage girl 
(Putnam, $18.99). 

Real Happiness: Proven Paths for 
Contentment, Peace & Well-Being 

by Jonah Paquette '04. Clinical 
psychologist Paquette takes his 
opening line from Aristotle: "Hap¬ 
piness depends upon ourselves." 
What follows is a look at the nature 
of happiness and seven principles 
for boosting emotional well-being 
(PESI Publishing & Media, $16.99). 

How to be a Supervillain: And 
Love Life Doing It by Leland Gill 
'13. Come under the tutelage of 
Master Vex to learn how to build a 
career out of bad deeds, from find¬ 
ing your motivation to picking a 
name and a place to menace. Turns 
out, for villains, heroes are a neces¬ 
sary evil (Re.ad Publishing, $12.99). 

The Guardians: The League of 
Nations and the Crisis of Empire 

by Susan Pedersen, the James P. Shen- 
ton Professor of the Core Curriculum. 
This thoroughly researched history 
explores the complexity and signifi¬ 
cance of the 20-year experiment in 
international oversight that followed 
WW1. Imperialist ambitions, sov¬ 
ereign rights and idealism collide 
(Oxford University Press, $34.95). 

Alexis Tonti SOA’ll 



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BOOKSHELF 


Brad Gooch 73 Revisits a Time 
Gone by in Smash Cut 


n light of the historic June 26 ruling by the 
U.S. Supreme Court declaring same-sex 
marriage a fundamental legal right, 

Brad Gooch 73, GSAS'86's Smash Cut: A 
Memoir of Howard & Art & the 70s & the 
'80s (Harper, $27.99) is an especially poignant 
remembrance of the relationship between 
Gooch and his longtime partner, the late film¬ 
maker Howard Brookner 76. Gooch comments 
in the prologue on the changes 
to New York City and society 
in a short amount of time: He 
now lives with his husband, Paul 
Raushenbush, in gentrified Chel¬ 
sea, within view of the formerly 
dilapidated Hotel Chelsea — the 
place where he and Brookner 
lived in the '80s, when the idea of 
legalized same-sex marriage was 
inconceivable to them. 

The memoir covers the period 
between Gooch and Brookner's 
first meeting, in May 1978, and 
Brookner's death from complica¬ 
tions from AIDS in April 1989, 
depicting the transformative and 
electric years in between. "I was 
aware of surviving and being a bit 
of an ancient mariner here," says Gooch. "Every 
so often over the years people would say, 'You 
should write a memoir about the 70s and '80s,' 
and in the process of writing, l discovered that 
the heartbeat of [the time] was my relationship 
with Howard. That was at the center." 

Gooch is a poet, biographer and professor of 
English at William Paterson University. (His M.A., 
M.Phil. and Ph.D — earned in 1977,1979 and 
1986, respectively —are all in English and com¬ 
parative literature.) He is best known for City Poet: 
The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara and Flannery: 

A Life of Flannery O'Connor. The latter, published 
in 2009, was a National Book Critics Circle Award 
Finalist, a NewYorkTimes bestseller and a New 
York Times Notable Book of the Year, in his latest, 
he tells the story of his and Brookner's journey, 
showing how they developed their artistic voices 
while simultaneously exploring their relationship 
during the hedonistic era. 

The New York art scene provides the back¬ 
ground for the memoir, and an array of celebrities 
and artists pass through its pages. Keith Haring's 
graffiti dots the streets between Gooch and 
Brookner's respective West and East Village apart¬ 
ments; a young Madonna visits Brookner in the 
hospital; Robert Mapplethorpe snaps Gooch's first 
model portfolio shots. During the time covered by 
the book, Gooch alternately is a teaching assistant 
at Columbia, a model in Milan and Paris, a porn 


reviewer, a poet, a profile writer for major maga¬ 
zines (such as Vanity Fair) and a novelist; Brookner 
finishes film school at NYU while directing and 
filming a documentary about Beat poet William 
Burroughs, which later became the critically 
acclaimed Burroughs: The Movie (1983). 

From nights spent in Burroughs' under¬ 
ground bunker in the Bowery, to the couple's 
first shared home in a series of connected 
apartments on Bleecker street, to their drag 
dinner parties in the Hotel Chelsea, New York 
City is central to the story. Smash Cut offers 
an insider's look at the New York of the 70s 
and '80s — promiscuity, drugs, underground 
clubs and the post-bohemian atmosphere that 
imbued the artistic community are all on dis¬ 
play. interspersed with international jaunts, the 
memoir is a heartfelt look at how memories are 
tied to time, places and people. 

"Especially in the early part [of writing Smash 
Cut], it was great to relive the 70s and youth 
and Columbia College and friends — all that was 
wonderful," says Gooch. "But the book turns, as 
life turns, with AIDS in the '80s, and that I almost 
hadn't bargained for. I realized I 
put those memories away in a 
lockbox and hadn't really revisited 
them in all these years." 

Brookner was diagnosed as 
HIV-positive in 1987. The memoir 
explores the attitudes around 
AIDS in the '80s, with Brookner 
rushing to finish his final film, 

Bloodhounds of Broadway, while 
keeping his diagnosis a secret. 

Says Gooch, "When it got dark in 
terms of AIDS, I thought 
that the amazing thing was — 
and Howard showed it, but he 
was not alone — the dignity 
about the whole thing, and 
humor, and intelligence. People 
really rose to the occasion of 
death in those wards in St. Vincent's [Hospital, 
in Greenwich Village, now closed], in ways that 
weren't corny or melodramatic." 

Throughout the book, the love between 
Gooch and Brookner is constant; it keeps the 
two connected even as distance, infidelity, 
addiction and disease challenge their relation¬ 
ship. "It just seemed that the city had changed 
so much and gay life had changed so much 
and my life had changed so much; it was that 
radical difference that made me want to go 
back and recoup that time," says Gooch about 
the inspiration to relive New York's wild years in 
Smash Cut. "It was half magic and half tragic." 

Anne-Ryan Heatwole JRN'09 



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Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 


Jeremiah Ciancia CP'39 writes, 
"March 18,1918, was a long time 
ago, but here it is 2015 and the 
wheels are still turning. I wanted to 
get this into the '30-'40 group before 
we both disappear from CCT." 

Jeremiah has been married for 
68 years and has three children (a 
doctor, a lawyer and a teacher) and 
two grandchildren. 

He adds: "I came through WWII 
on a Fletcher Tin Can [a U.S. Navy 
Destroyer] with medals and no 
scratches. Still active in the family 
businesses — enjoyed a stint in 
beautiful Bermuda and am now 
communing with nature dur¬ 
ing the weekends on 100 acres in 
scenic North Jersey. 

"Now, too, is payback time and 
Columbia is on the list so we're 
happy to help young people follow 
their dreams via scholarships." 


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Robert Zucker 

26910 Grand Central 
Pkwy, Apt. 24G 
Floral Park, NY 11005 


rzucker@optonline.net 


No news this time! Your classmates 
want to hear from you; send your 
updates to either the email address 
at the top of this column, or submit 
your news through CCT's web- 
form college.columbia.edu/ cct/ 
submit_class_note. Have a terrific 
fall, and be well. 


Melvin Hershkowitz 

22 Northern Ave. 
Northampton, MA 01060 
DrMelvin23@gmail.com 

Colleen Byrnes, daughter of the 
late James J. Byrnes, sent a note 
to the Alumni Office reporting his 
death on February 18,2015, in St. 
Petersburg, Fla., at 92. 

James entered the College with 
our Class of 1942 but graduated 
with a degree in chemical engi¬ 
neering in 1943. He immediately 
began work with the Carbide and 
Carbon Chemicals Corp. in Oak 
Ridge, Term., on development of 
the atomic bomb. From 1947 to 
1951 he worked at H.K. Ferguson 
Co. in New York City, then joined 
Associated Engineers and Con¬ 
sultants in Garden City, N.Y., until 



1964. James ended his career at 
Bums and Roe in Hempstead, N.Y., 
as a VP and supervisor in building 
power plants. Upon retirement to 
St. Petersburg, Fla., James volun¬ 
teered for 20 years at the Christ¬ 
mas Toy Shop, fixing bicycles for 
young children. He is survived 
by his wife, Joan, and daughters, 
Maureen, Eileen and Colleen. We 
send our condolences to the Byrnes 
family and honor James' memory 
and distinguished career. 

With sadness and regret, this 
correspondent noted an obituary 
in The New York Times on April 10, 
2015, for our good friend Donald 
Seligman, who died on April 6, 
2015, at 93. Don came to Colum¬ 
bia from Lawrence H.S. on Long 
Island, where he was an outstand¬ 
ing student and star football player. 
He played both football and base¬ 
ball at Columbia, forming lasting 
friendships with many teammates. 
After Pearl Harbor, Don — along 
with teammates and friends Jack 
Arbolino and Philip Bayer — 
enlisted in the Marine Corps. All 
saw combat in the Pacific Theatre, 
where Jack was wounded on 
Okinawa and Phil was killed at 
Peleliu in a heroic effort to save 
the life of a fellow officer. Don 
also saw action at Peleliu and 
retired from active duty with the 
rank of major. After the war, Don 
began a successful career in the 
women's shoe business, including 
stints at Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth 
Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman 
(Delman). He then founded his 
own unique label. The Shop for 
Pappagallo, which he supervised 
until his retirement as a consultant- 
representative for other manufac¬ 
turers. After retirement, Don and 
his wife, Dorothy, lived for 20 years 
in Rhinebeck, N.Y., before moving 
to the retirement community of 
Heritage Hills in Somers, N.Y., and 
living for the last few years at Atria 
on the Hudson in Ossining, N.Y. 

Don retained his athletics skills 
as a senior citizen, playing tennis 
into his 80s and extending his 
warmth, affection and guidance to 
his friends and family as the years 
passed. He was greatly admired 
and loved, and will be sadly 
missed. This correspondent last 
saw Don several years ago when 
we both delivered eulogy remarks 
at the memorial service for Jack 
Arbolino in St. Paul's Chapel. Don 
gave an affectionate, humorous and 
moving portrait of his friendship 
with Jack through the years, includ¬ 
ing some interesting comments 



in this photo from 1986, left to right, Don Mankiewicz '42 
Obituaries), Leslie Hershkowitz and Dr. Melvin Hershkowitz '42 
watch the horse races at Santa Anita Park in California. 


about their years on the football 
squad under Lou Little. We extend 
our condolences to Dorothy; Don's 
son, John; and extended family. 
Farewell, old friend. 

With profound grief and mourn¬ 
ing, I sadly report the death of 
Don Mankiewicz at 93 on April 
25,2015, at his home in Monrovia, 
Calif. Don, one of my closest life¬ 
long friends in our great class, was 
the son of Herman Mankiewicz 
(Class of 1917) and the nephew of 
Joseph Mankiewicz '28. Herman 
won an Academy Award for his 
script for Citizen Kane, a 1941 film 
that ranks as one of the greatest 
movies ever made, and also wrote 
the script for Pride Of The Yankees, a 
1942 film that this writer and sev¬ 
eral classmates saw at the Loew's 
Olympia on Broadway and West 
107th Street. 

Joseph won multiple Academy 
Awards as both writer and director 
of acclaimed films, including All 
About Eve, A Letter to Three Wives 
and Julius Caesar. In this gifted 
family tradition, Don won the 
Harper Prize in 1955 for his novel 
Trial (later made into a film with 
Dorothy McGuire and Glenn 
Ford), and was also nominated for 
an Academy Award in 1958 for his 
screenplay for the film I Want to 
Live! Don also created two famous 
television series: Ironside in 1967, 
starring Raymond Burr in a wheel¬ 
chair, and Marcus Welby, M.D. in 
1969 starring Robert Young. 

Between 1950 and 1986, Don 
wrote or co-wrote approximately 
70 varied television episodes, some 
as co-author with his friend Gor¬ 
don Cotier '44. Don wrote his first 


novel. See How They Run, in 1950 
and later published his third novel. 
It Only Hurts a Minute, in 1966. 

At Columbia, Don was a mem¬ 
ber of the debate council, where he 
showed his brilliant wit and gift 
for extemporaneous analysis. My 
lifelong friendship with Don began 
in 1938, when we met as incoming 
freshmen and shared an intense 
interest in horse racing. We soon 
found several other classmates 
who joined us in forming the 
Class of 1942 Certified Degenerate 
Horseplayers Club. This member¬ 
ship included Dr. Arthur "Wizzer" 
Wellington, the late Donald 
"Dickie Bird" Dickinson and the 
late Charles F. "Chic" Hoelzer Jr. 

Arthur (94) lives in Elmira, N.Y. 
He was a Marine artillery officer in 
the Pacific in WWII. Donald was a 
decorated infantry officer hero in 
Europe in WWII. After he recov¬ 
ered from severe combat wounds, 
he was employed in the early years 
of the Las Vegas gambling industry 
and became VP of the Tropicana 
Club. Charles was a Marine infan¬ 
try officer in the Pacific in WWII, 
after which he attended Cornell 
Law and became a prominent 
attorney in Washington, D.C. The 
current writer often visited him 
at his apartment in the famous 
Watergate office complex. 

Don Mankiewicz and I played 
on the Royal Elite Cuban Giants, 
our championship intramural soft- 
ball team, in the 1940-41 season. 
Don, who chose this name with 
his usual cynical humor, played 
first base and I was shortstop. Our 
pitcher, William "Bill" Hochman, 
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(LST) in the Normandy invasion, 
survived its sinking with many 
casualties and became professor 
of history at Colorado College in 
Colorado Springs. I still have my 
"C" intramural medallion for our 
softball championship with my 
name engraved on the back. 

Don lived on Long Island and 
in Manhattan for a few years at 
the start of his writing career. He 
then moved to California, where 
he remained until his death. This 
writer, who has lived in New York 
City, Washington, D.C., Providence, 
R.I., and Northampton, Mass., 
through the years, visited Don and 
his wife, Carol, in California several 
times, including an exciting trip in 
1986 when my wife, Leslie, and I 
went with Don to the initial Breed¬ 
ers' Cup Championship horse races 
at Santa Anita Park. 

Forty-four years earlier, in 
1942, we had winning bets on the 
racehorse Shut Out at Belmont 
Park, who defeated the favorite, 
Alsab, in the Belmont Stakes. Don 
was an excellent handicapper, but 
this correspondent knoweth not 
about his lifetime wins and losses. 
He was also a great poker player, 
with a sophisticated knowledge of 
how to evaluate his cards and how 
to win against different opponents. 
His poker skills are analyzed in his 
1966 semi-autobiographical novel. 
It Only Hurts a Minute. 

Don is survived by his loving 
wife of 43 years, Carol, and their 
adopted daughters, Sandy Perez 
and Jan Diaz; and his son John and 
his daughter Jane, his children with 
his first wife, the deceased Ilene 
Korsen. Don was also predeceased 
by his famous younger brother, 
Frank, the campaign manager for 
presidential candidates George 
McGovern and Robert Kennedy. 

Farewell to one of my oldest and 
best Columbia pals, an extraordi¬ 
narily gifted man who enriched the 
lives of many 1942 classmates with 
his wit and talent. Our heartfelt 
condolences to Carol, Sandy, Jan, 
John, Jane and the grandchildren. 

While many of our classmates 
are coming to the end of their lives, 
I am pleased to be in touch with 
the following old friends, all 94 or 
95: Dr. Gerald Klingon in New 
York City; Dr. Arthur Wellington 
in Elmira, N.Y.; Robert Kaufman 
in Scarsdale, N.Y.; Stewart Mcll- 
vennan in Lakewood, Colo.; and 
Dr. William Robbins in Mount 
Dora, Fla. We are all trying to 
follow the old Columbia motto: 
"Hold fast to the spirit of youth." 

Sports notes: Our baseball team 
won its third consecutive Ivy 
League title and won two games 
in the national NCAA Tournament 
before losing to powerhouse Miami. 
This team has several talented 
freshmen and should continue to 


do well next year. Our roster of 
incoming football recruits includes 
a quarterback transfer from the 
University of Florida and twin 
brother transfers from Duke. New 
coach A1 Bagnoli has generated a 
rare sense of optimism among loyal 
alumni, and we have high hopes for 
a competitive season in 2015. 

Kind regards to all classmates. 
Send me your news when you can. 


G.J. D'Angio 

201S. 18th St., #1818 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 
dangio@earfhlink.net 

The D'Angio clan had a spectacu¬ 
lar Mother's Day. There were four 
generations of D'Angios present 
in Covington, Ky. They included 
my great-granddaughter, Maggie; 
her mother, Sara; her grand¬ 
mother, Donna; and honorary 
great-grandma, Audrey Evans 
(my wife). Sara gave the sermon 
in her uncle Peter's church (Trinity 
Episcopal Church), as both Peter 
and Sara are Episcopal priests. On 
the previous Friday we had been 
at the Ronald McDonald House 
Charities of Greater Cincinnati. 
There, Audrey — founder of the 
RMDHouses — could greet some 
of the families and volunteers. It is 
a very warm and active RMD- 
House quite near the hospital. 

We spent Memorial Day planting 
flowers, appropriately, only these 
were on our terrace. We have a 
profusion of planters and trees, so it 
was quite a chore. The fallen were 
not forgotten, however. Audrey's 
21-year-old brother Patrick was 
killed near Geilenkirchen, Germany, 
in November 1944. He was a cap¬ 
tain in the British Tank Corps; thus 
part of the first elements of the Brit¬ 
ish army to invade Germany during 
WWII. He is buried in a beautifully 
tended, small British war cemetery 
in Sittard, the Netherlands. 

Last year I gave up my medi¬ 
cal license and this July we sold 
our car, although we had bought 
it only one year ago. We live in 
Center City in Philadelphia, where 
everything is indeed within walk¬ 
ing distance. We drove the car a 
total of 15 miles round-trip to and 
from Audrey's school once a week 
and perhaps another 200 miles in 
any one month. There was little 
point in keeping that expensive 
piece of machinery — garage, 
insurance, monthly payments, 
upkeep — so another of life's 
milestones has toppled. 

There was a gala reception on 
June 8 for Audrey's 90th birthday. 

It was a fundraiser for the St. James 
School, which she co-founded 
in North Philadelphia in an area 
short of good schools for under¬ 
privileged children. The affair was 


staged at the prestigious Union 
League of Philadelphia and raised 
about $175,000 that is much-needed 
to support the school. It was both a 
great financial success and a great 
tribute to Audrey's philanthropy. 

We went to Ljubljana, Slovenia, 
in June. I attended a medical meet¬ 
ing and met with the three co-edi¬ 
tors of a history book I am writing. 
Audrey and I took an extra three 
days to visit the Adriatic Coast of 
Croatia. Dear old friends allowed 
us to use their Slovenian beach 
home as a base, which made the 
logistics much easier. It is a spec¬ 
tacularly beautiful coastline with 
traces of the Roman and Venetian 
years still much in evidence. The 
large Roman amphitheater in Pula 
is but one example. 

Bemie Weisberger reports: 

"Last time I wrote I said that my 
wife, Rita, and I were going on a 
January cruise to the West Indies, 
which we did. We enjoyed our 
current old-timers' version of 
cruising — this means sitting on 
the sun-splashed deck watching 
the shoppers, the scuba divers 
and the hikers. The bird watch¬ 
ers and sightseers go ashore at St. 
Kitts, Antigua, Barbados and such 
places in the morning and return 
weary but triumphant in the late 
afternoon. Albeit in this inactive 
way, I find simply being among 
those islands a pleasure. Even 
their harbors are beautiful to look 
at, and their year-round climate is 
beyond perfect (hurricane season 
excepted). One of these islands, 
Nevis, is the birthplace of our 
distinguished fellow Columbian, 
Alexander Hamilton (Class of 
1778). He arrived in New York in 
1773 to enroll in King's College 
and left, with his degree unfin¬ 
ished, to join Washington's army 
in 1776.1 keep wondering if he felt 
any pangs of regret during his first 
winter in Manhattan. 

"Sorry, didn't mean to inflict a 
lecture, but mouthy historian that 
I am, I couldn't resist. Besides, 
when the biggest life events of the 
last three months are getting new 
hearing aids and having effortless 
sliding doors installed in the lobby 
of your condo building, you grope 
for 'filler.' 

"Among the enjoyable moments 
of post-professional life is meeting 
younger alumni. I'm happy to 
record two such moments here. 

Just prior to the Israeli elections 
in March, I heard a good and fair- 
minded lecture on the legality of 
the charges that Israel was guilty 
of war crimes under international 
law. The speaker was Jeremy Bob 
'00, a journalist living in Israel 
with his family. I'm pleased to 
say that I am one of his in-laws, 
as he is the husband of my wife's 
granddaughter. Then, at the high 


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school graduation of a friend's son, 
I mingled pleasurably with Sandy 
Johnston JTS'12/GS'12 and Gabri- 
ella Spitzer BC'13. They do the old 
place proud." 


I Bill Friedman 

833-B Heritage Hills 
I Somers, NY 10589 


swf685@aol.com 


I received a note from the guy I call 
"Old Reliable," namely Alan Hoff¬ 
man, who wrote: 

"After my divorce last year, I 
moved from Greenwich, Conn., to 
The Osborn, a senior residence in 
Rye, N.Y., where Fran and Oscar 
'Bud' Harkavy welcomed me. I 
spend my time schmoozing with 
other residents, visiting physicians 
and even doing a little mathemat¬ 
ics on the side when nobody is 
looking. Every few weeks, I go to 
New Haven, Conn., for an esoteric 
medical procedure and, on one 
such visit, saw Bob Shulman '43 
(the Sterling Professor Emeritus of 
Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics 
and Biochemistry at Yale), who 
seems as brilliant and charismatic 
as I remember from old times." 

Bud (perhaps not surprisingly) 
recommends The Osborn to 
classmates — "living in the lap of 
luxury!" He adds, "Alan Hoffman 
insists that I mention my book. 
Curbing Population Growth: An 
Insider's Perspective on the Population 
Movement. It was published in 1995 
— really old news!" 

Joe Cowley GSAS'49 sent in the 
following note: "I read the column 
with interest; it must be a tough job 
[to write it], there are probably so 
few of us left. I myself died on May 
24,2014, but was brought back to 
life by my significant other, who 
insisted that those doing CPR con¬ 
tinue. I was out of it for 2 minutes 
and 45 seconds. I had a beautiful 
death, warm and welcoming, and 
I was pissed at being revived. 

That feeling lasted for about three 
months, but it took another three 
months to finally accept my revival 
(at a cost of $250,000 to Medicare — 
15 days of intensive and intermit¬ 
tent care in the Bridgeport Hospital 
and 30 days of rehab at Jewish 


Class Notes are submitted by 
alurhni and edited by volunteer 
class correspondents arid the 
staff of CCT prior to publication. 
Opinions expressed are those of 
individual alumni and do not 
reflect the opinions of CCT, its 
class correspondents, the College 
or the University. 


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Senior Services in Fairfield, Conn.). 
Now I'm back doing the same old, 
same old: adapting the classics for 
ESL students. 

"I started doing this about 
six years ago when a Japanese 
publisher paid me to abridge 
Crime and Punishment. Since they 
only wanted the Japanese rights, 

I published it in this country and 
have since done another five or 
six. I'm completing work on The 
Portrait of a Lady and [as I write 
this, planned to] have it ready for 
publication in another couple of 
weeks. I stopped creating my own 
books, after publishing about 16 of 
them, because I don't really have 
the energy and mental strength for 
creative work. I occasionally add 
to a book on old age I'm working 
on; it's already book-length, but 
I shall just probably leave that in 
the computer." 

I mourn the passing of Roy 
Kallop '46, who was my freshman 
college track teammate, as well as 
my Yonkers H.S. classmate. Roy 
and I had a pleasant telephone 
conversation a few months ago, 
and there was no indication of the 
imminence of his demise. 

I encourage you to send news. 
You can reach me at either address 
at the top of the column or via the 
CCT webform college.columbia. 
edu/ cct/submit_class_note. 


1 Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
I 622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 


Alan Medoff writes, "I guess it is 
time for me to make an appearance 
in CCT after a hiatus of some 70 
years. Truth to tell, I waited until 
my classmates were in the same 
situation as myself — retired! 

"After leaving the College I 
attended New York Medical Col¬ 
lege in NYC until 1948, then went 
on to an internship until 1949. 
Married the love of my life, Rita 
Katz, a Swiss-born beauty, and 
we traveled across the country to 
leave for Japan from San Francisco, 
courtesy of the government and 
the Army. Was stationed in Sap¬ 
poro, Japan, with the 7th Infantry 
Division as head of the Dependent 
Dispensary and as a first lieutenant 
for our troops. Rita and I enjoyed 
the immersion in the culture and 
the opportunity to travel to the 
major cities of that country. 

"Our first child, Dianna, was 
bom in Sapporo and — because of 
the outbreak of the Korean War — 
both my girls were evacuated to 
the United States. I followed them 
in August. Was discharged from 
service and applied for a residency 
in internal medicine at the Mayo 


Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and 
was accepted. Lived there with my 
family 1951-54 and, at the same 
time, enrolled in grad school at 
Minnesota. I was awarded an M.S. 
in internal medicine in 1954. 

"Back to the East, established a 
practice in Teaneck, N.J., and had a 
teaching appointment at New York 
Medical College in NYC. A bit later 
on, my wife and I had two more 
children, both boys. I eventually 
organized and became director of 
Student Health Services of Fairleigh 
Dickinson in Teaneck, where I was 
for the next 20 years. In 1985, due to 
family health problems with in-laws 
living in Switzerland, we moved to 
Zurich and lived there until 2005, 
when we returned to the States to 
be near our three children and our 
grandchildren. We have been in 
Greensboro, N.C., since then. 

"In 2009, Rita passed away from 
cancer. I keep busy with medicine 
in my son Jeffrey's office (he is a 
gastroenterologist) and as presi¬ 
dent of a men's organization (the 
Romeos). My other son, Richard 
'78, is an emergency physician in 
San Francisco; his son is David 
'17.1 have 10 grandchildren and 
four great-grandchildren and 
have been really blessed with a 
wonderful family. I have graduates 
from Amherst, Princeton, Colgate, 
Harvard, Duke, Middlebury and 


the San Francisco Conservatory of 
Music among my family members. 
As I approach my 90th birthday 
this year, I can look back at a full, 
exciting and rewarding life." 

John Khoury shares reminis¬ 
cences of Columbia Chemists. 
"Although I took the required 
courses, I was also enrolled in one 
particular course that was not 
listed in any catalog or bulletin at 
the College and is no longer avail¬ 
able at Columbia. It was different 
from any other course because the 
students were required to attend it 
two hours a day, five days a week, 
and they ate all their meals there. 
The 'professor' was Max Lev, who 
instructed all his students in the art 
of vocal communication — that it 
be terse, accurate and audible. The 
students themselves also had to be 
dexterous, nimble and responsive 
to commands. 

"The class was held just off cam¬ 
pus in a moderately sized facility 
where persons not enrolled were 
able to watch the students carry 
out their assignments. To encour¬ 
age as many people as possible 
to enter the facility. Professor Lev 
cleverly decorated the wall with 
publicity photographs of Colum¬ 
bia's sports heroes — football play¬ 
ers, wrestlers, baseball players and 
others in aggressive poses. He also 
had tables, chairs, booths, a soda 


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CLASS NOTES 


fountain and a jukebox that played 
at maximum volume. 

"This course started precisely at 
noon and the students had to race 
from their 11 o'clock classes to get 
there in time. They had a hurried 
repast and donned their uniforms 
(aprons). Stationed behind the 
soda fountain, I would check all 
the equipment and supplies while 
others relaxed at their stations. 
Within minutes the lessons would 
begin. A surging crowd of hungry 
people would come from Colum¬ 
bia, Barnard, Teachers College, St. 
Luke's Hospital and around the 
neighborhood to occupy every 
seat. Almost instantly the jukebox 
came on: The Ink Spots crooned 
'I Don't Want to Set the World 
on Fire'; Freddy Martin and His 
Orchestra played 'Tchaikovsky 
Piano Concerto' with a little swing 
added; or the Andrews Sisters sang 
'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.' 

"This was accompanied by 
what seemed to be die chatter of a 
thousand voices laughing, yelling, 
screaming and giggling. Above all 
this came the booming voices of the 
students: BT on may (bacon, lettuce 
and tomato on white toast with 
mayonnaise) or Swiss combo on rye 
mustard (ham and Swiss cheese on 
rye toast with mustard) and other 
sandwiches. They were slapped 
together by Sam the counterman, 
who was die fastest sandwich 
maker in New York. Orders came 
for me to draw one (one coffee); 
shoot two (two small Cokes); stretch 
a van (one large vanilla Coke); bum 
one (one chocolate malted); 82 (two 
glasses of water); 51 (one hot choco¬ 
late); or shake a van (one vanilla 
milkshake). In the kitchen, hot food 
such as hamburgers, eggs, bacon 
and soups were prepared by the 
cook, who sweated profusely trying 
to keep up with the orders. 

"Then came the commands 
from the counter: 'Pickup, Al! Let's 
go, Bobby! Whizzer, step on it! The 
orders are ready for delivery.' 

"As the soda jerk, I majored in 
sweetness: malteds, milkshakes, 
floats, ice cream sodas, banana 
splits and sundaes in myriad com¬ 
binations that were often incredible. 
If there was a degree offered for 
this course, I would have earned a 
bachelor of fountaineering. 

"This two-hour class always 
flew by faster than my 40-minute 
class in Contemporary Civiliza¬ 
tion. When it was over, I had to 
msh to wrestling practice. There 
it was grunt, groan, sweat and 
ache. While I was being contorted 
in a half nelson, a hammer lock or 
a scissors hold by some wrestler, 
in my mind I could still hear the 
jukebox: 'Jim never brings me any 
pretty flowers ...'; 'We three we're 
all alone ...'; 'I'll never smile again 
until I smile at you ...' 


Then as I looked up at coach 
Augustus 'Gus' Peterson with 
his cauliflower ears, bowed legs 
and no neck, I thought of all the 
pretty girls I had just seen in my 
last 'class' with their sly glances 
and saucy smiles. When I was 
slammed to the mat a few times I 
would remember where I was. 

"Each student who enrolled at 
the special class was compensated 
with $1.10 per day payable in food 
for three meals. Unbelievable as 
it may seem now, breakfast cost 
15-20 cents (juice, eggs with toast 
and beverage), lunch 20-30 cents 
(sandwich, dessert and beverage) 
dinner 60-70 cents (soup, entree, 
dessert and beverage). With tips of 
a nickel or a dime you could amass 
25 cents for a movie or even two 
dollars for a date that included a 
movie and a dinner. 

"The last time I passed by 116th 
Street and Amsterdam Avenue, 
the U.S. Post Office had occupied 
the comer where the Columbia 
Chemists used to feed and educate 
many young people so long ago. 

I wonder if the postal workers 
sometimes heard echoes of 'In the 
Mood' from the jukebox or the 
voices of the thousands of young 
people that assailed those walls. 
Probably, the only direct connec¬ 
tion to the past is in the current 
generation of city mice, who will 
never know the wonderful place 
their ancestors occupied." 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
development Sarah Fan 
sf26l0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 


46 


Bernard Sunshine 

165 W. 66th St., Apt. 12G 
New York, NY 10023 


bsimsl@gmail.com 


Perhaps it 7 s hard to believe, but it 
is noteworthy and wonderful: Our 
class will celebrate its 70th reunion 
next spring, preceded by Class Day 
on Tuesday, May 17,2016. Gradu¬ 
ating seniors receive their degrees, 
and we are invited to march in the 
Alumni Parade of Classes with our 
class banner. It is an enjoyable and 
satisfying experience, and you will 
be pleased to have participated. 
There will be a reminder as we 
approach the date, but make note 
of it now. You will also be posted 
about our reunion luncheon. 

Peter Rogatz PH'56 sent this 
note: "After training in internal 
medicine, I shifted my career to the 
organization and delivery of health 
care. I was director of Long Island 
Jewish Medical Center, associate 



Celebrating their 50th reunion at Class Day 1996, left to right: 
Carlo Celia '46, Bernard Sunshine '46, Norman Cohen '46 and 
former Dean Harry Coleman '46. 


director of the Stony Brook Health 
Sciences Center of SUNY and 
senior VP of Blue Cross & Blue 
Shield of Greater New York. In 
retirement I have focused my ener¬ 
gies on issues of medical ethics, 
with particular attention to prob¬ 
lems faced by patients and their 
families as death approaches. 

"In 19981 helped found Com¬ 
passion & Choices of New York, 
which recently changed its name 
to End of Life Choices New York. 

It seeks to expand choice and 
improve the quality of care at the 
end of life, ensuring that patients' 
values and wishes are respected. 
End of Life Choices initiated and is 
a plaintiff in a lawsuit against New 
York State seeking to establish that 
physicians who provide lethal 
medication in response to requests 
from mentally competent, termi¬ 
nally ill patients are not in violation 
of New York State law. 

"I am married to the former 
Marge Plaut, who throughout 
her life has been a major force in 
combating racism and advocating 
for social change; we have had an 
extraordinary, full and satisfying 
life together for 66 years and we 
look forward to more such years. 
Our good fortune includes having 
two children and two grandchil¬ 
dren (our daughter's daughter and 
our son's son)." 

Asked for recollections, George 
Levinger wrote: "I entered Colum¬ 
bia College on July 4,1943. During 
WWfl, national holidays were not 
academic holidays, so we were 
treated to three 16-week semesters 
with a week break between each. 
At entry I was 16 and I completed 
nearly six semesters before being 
drafted in May 1945, when I was 
sent for three more semesters to an 
Army Japanese language school at 
Penn. Columbia awarded my A.B. 
in October 1946, while I was on my 
way to Japan. I had entered with 
the Class of '47, graduated a year 
sooner and shared little compan¬ 


ionship with most '46 grads. One 
of my prominent memories is of 
my ldndly, sagacious adviser. Pro¬ 
fessor James Gutmann, who taught 
in the philosophy department. 

He helped moderate my youthful 
impetuous decision making about 
courses and other matters. 

"A second memory is from 
my first week on campus, when I 
encountered famous football coach 
Lou Little. Little looked at me and 
said, 'You're a big guy, why don't 
you come out for football?' Despite 
never having played (I grew up in 
Germany and England until I was 
14), I felt flattered and decided to 
take on the challenge, even though 
I was 6-foot-2. and weighed merely 
174 lbs. Each weekday I boarded 
the team bus to Baker Field, and 
several hours later caught the 
Eighth Avenue subway back to 
my home on the west side of 
Manhattan. On Saturdays, I sat 
on the bench during the entire 
winless season. 

"It was not too good for my 
grade point average, so I quit 
football to concentrate more on 
studying and chess. As a freshman. 
I'd already won the Chess Club's 
tournament and played first board 
for the team every semester. 

"In my third semester I was 
elected VP of the sophomore class 
— the post had almost no duties. 

It was a point of honor for us to 
defeat the freshmen in the Soph- 
Frosh Rush. The morning of the 
Rush, we discovered the freshmen 
had kidnapped our class president, 
so I had to lead the sophomores. 

We were outnumbered and 
dressed in our oldest clothes. With 
their 2-1 numerical advantage 
(half our class had left for the 
military) we lost the first event, the 
rope pull, where they easily pulled 
us across the middle point. Our 
only hope was to stop them from 
lifting a huge inflated ball over a 
goal post (event two) and later stop 
the freshmen from raising someone 


FALL 2015 











CLASS NOTES 


to take down the blue freshman 
beanie atop a 12-ft. greased poll 
(event three). Winning events two 
and three, we ended as victors." 

We read about it. We hear about 
it. But John McConnell in Post 
Falls, Idaho, may be the only one 
of us who has experienced it: the 
devastation and angst of raging 
forest fires. This is the season of fire 
disasters, and thousands of acres of 
timberland have been destroyed. 
The devastation and danger to 
locals often carry consequences 
that alter lives. John has been send¬ 
ing me news and photos about the 
fires that have been appearing in 
the local press. 

In a lighter vein, John recently 
turned back the pages to the 1941 
World Series between the New York 
Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. 
He recalls seeing Dodgers catcher 
Mickey Owen's dropped third 
strike in game 4, which helped the 
Bronx Bombers to an unbelievable 
turn-around victory. 

John, I was there, too — that 
season I was a photographer for 
the Dodgers. 

I check in periodically with 
Alan Berman GSAS'52, our actu¬ 
arial guru, to report on our class 
numbers. At last count we are 97 
remaining from a class of 425-450 
(can't refine the original number); 
he says we have done extremely 
well. Alan celebrated his 90th birth¬ 
day on a Caribbean cruise with his 
entire extended family, including 
five children and their spouses; 


nine grandchildren plus their eight 
spouses or significant others; and 
six great-grandchildren. 


1 Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
I 622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 


Martin R. Warshaw writes: "Ten 
years after graduating from the 
College, I had worked in the family 
business, married, had four chil¬ 
dren, earned an M.B.A. at Michigan 
and joined the faculty as an instruc¬ 
tor in marketing. Continuing in 
grad school at Michigan, I earned a 
Ph.D. in 1960 and was promoted to 
assistant professor. I ended up as a 
full professor and chairman of the 
marketing faculty. I retired in 1989 
and have spent my time revising 
textbooks, enjoying time with my 
grandchildren, and living in Ann 
Arbor and visiting our family vaca¬ 
tion home in Aspen, Colo." 

Ed McAvoy, who lives in Turners 
Falls, Mass., writes: "The magnifi¬ 
cent foliage in Western Massachu¬ 
setts will be upon us soon, and 
the memories of last winter with 
the sub-zero temps and four-foot 
mounds of snow already have me 
shivering. What a bitter recall! 

"It takes me back to my CC days 
of the mid-'40s during the cross 
country season at Van Cortlandt 
Park when, as a Queens County, 
New York City boy, watching the 



Columbia School Designations 

BC 

Barnard College 

BUS 

Columbia Business School 

CP 

Pharmaceutical Sciences 

DM 

College of Dental Medicine 

GS 

School of General Studies 

GSAPP 

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and 


Preservation 

GSAS 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

JRN 

Graduate School of Journalism 

JTS 

Jewish Theological Seminary 

LAW 

Columbia Law School 

LS 

Library Service 

NRS 

School of Nursing 

PH 

Mailman School of Public Health 

PS 

College of Physicians and Surgeons 

SCE 

School of Continuing Education 

SEAS 

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and 


Applied Science 

SIPA 

School of International and Public Affairs 

SOA 

School of the Arts 

sw 

School of Social work 

TC 

Teachers College 

UTS 

Union Theological Seminary 


changing colors of the trees was a 
treat. I remembered the psycho¬ 
logical 'trick' my teammates David 
Ilchert '49 and A1 Holland '49, 
LAW'52 and I would perform as 
we entered Cemetery Hill on the 
final leg of the five-mile run at Van 
Cortlandt Park. We generated the 
most horrible-sounding grunts, 
groans and miseiy-in-general 
sounds that we could as if we were 
collapsing on the spot, and then 
as we entered the 'flats' we would 
come roaring (as best we could) 
through the last mile to the finish 
line and gain a few position spots 
in the race. It worked sometimes 
and I earned my Varsity C. 

"Toward the end of that fall 
season the annual installing of the 
years-old splintery board track 
would take place in front of Low 
Library to let us train, with spikes, 
for the coming indoor season 
(events in Madison Square Garden 
and several large armories). Run¬ 
ning under the guidance of coach 
Carl Memer was another freezing, 
although beneficial, experience. 
Also, I think I'm still carrying a few 
splinters from falling on that track. 

"I believe it was 11 laps to the 
mile, and facing those cold and 
cutting winds coming east from the 
Hudson River was a real chiller. 
We'd dash back to the locker room 
after a few miles of running and 
would get a reviving rubdown 
from Gus, the trainer, and reek of 
rubbing alcohol for hours. 

"Some of us 'in the know' could 
keep warm while getting to classes 
in the many buildings on campus 
by using the underground utility 
tunnels linking them. I'm sure 
today's security concerns have most 
of them locked but I remember 
going from Low Library to Pupin 
Hall without seeing daylight. 

"Can you believe that entering 
in the basement of Pupin Hall for 
an upstairs physics class I would 
probably pass a door to a closely 
guarded war support effort named 
Are Manhattan Project? Little did 
I — or anyone else — know! 

"Those were exciting days for us, 
as many students had studies inter¬ 
rupted by being called up for WWII 
service. I went into the Navy, where 
after 11 months of electronic studies 
I was told that I, then a radio techni¬ 
cian, was going to the South Pacific 
to work on the invasion of Japan. 

"My high school sweetheart, 
Norma Stout, and I, both 18, eloped, 
fearing we'd be tom apart, and 
were surprised when my assign¬ 
ment actually brought me to Are 
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in 
Washington, D.C., as an instructor 
in radar and sonar classes. I never 
saw the ocean while in the Navy! 

"I was very fortunate. Norma 
and I then embarked on 65 years of 
a wonderful marriage." 



for getting in touch. CCT, and your 
classmates, would love to hear 
from more of you. Please share 
news about yourself, your family, 
your career and / or your travels — 
even a favorite Columbia College 
memory — using either the email 
or postal address at the top of the 
column. You also can send news 
online using the CCT webform 
college.columbia.edu/ cct/submit_ 
classjnote. Wishing you a foliage- 
filled fall. 


Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 

Dr. Alvin N. Eden writes, "As 
I followed with pride the huge 
success of the Columbia baseball 
team I thought back to a mere 72 
years ago, when I played freshman 
baseball. Our coach was Andy 
Coakley, who also had coached 
another pretty good player named 
Lou Gehrig '25." 

Dick Hyman conflnues to 
perform piano concerts in the 
United States and Canada and 
hopes to connect with classmates 
who attend events listed on his 
website, DickHyman.com. Recent 
appearances include NYC (92nd 
Street Y and The Kitano hotel); 
Lincoln City, Ore. (Siletz Bay Music 
FesAval); and Bohemian Grove, 
Oakland and Walnut Creek, Calif. 
Forthcoming events will include 
two nights solo in Dizzy's Club 
Coca-Cola (Monday-Tuesday, 
December 21-22, in Jazz at Lincoln 
Center, NYC), Naples, Fla. (Sun¬ 
day, January 10) and aboard the ms 
Eurodam, Sunday, January 17. 

Thank you to Alvin and to Dick 
for getflng in touch! CCT, and your 
classmates, would love to hear 
from more of you. Please share 
news about yourself, your family, 
your career and/or your travels 
— even a favorite Columbia 
College memory — using either 
the email or postal address at the 
top of the column. You also can 
send news online using the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/ submit_class_note. 

Wishing you a pleasant fall. 



49 


John Weaver 

2639 E. 11th St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11235 
wudchpr@gmail.com 


Well now, there has been a resound¬ 
ing silence from all classmates, so 
I urge you to take a minute from 
your busy lives and send a word or 
two. I have high hopes that you will 
all chime in for future issues. We 


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need some heartwarming sharing to 
help us through the short days and 
long nights of the winter to come. 
You can reach me at either address 
at the top of the column or via the 
CCT webform college.columbia. 
edu / cct / submit_dass_note. 

And with that gentle nudge, I 
sign off this nearly autumn note. 


Mario Palmieri 

33 Lakeview Ave. W. 
Cortlandt Manor, NY 
10567 

mapal@bestweb.net 

A computer malfunction has 
caused the loss of recent email. To 
those who sent news, please re¬ 
send, although it will have to wait 
for the Winter or the Spring issue. I 
can only apologize for this mishap 
and hope that it never 
happens again. To all I say, the 
U.S. Postal Service is still in busi¬ 
ness and my phone number is 
914-737-6077. Best to all. 



REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26l0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 


51 


George Koplinka 

75 Chelsea Rd. 

White Plains, NY 10603 


desiah@aol.com 


How many classmates remember 
the back cover of our 60th reunion 
yearbook and class directory? It 
was the picture of the laughing 
Columbia Lion with the caption, 
"See you at the 65th!" Well, the 
65th is around the comer and your 
class leadership has started plan¬ 
ning. You can plan right now by 
circling Thursday, June 2-Sunday, 
June 5, on your calendar and dust¬ 
ing off your blue blazer. 

Class president Elliot Wales will 
be responsible for coordinating our 
special events with the designated 
Alumni Office staff. The initial plan 
is to participate in Alumni Reunion 
Weekend activities on campus but 
reserve some time for the special 
events that pertain to CC'51. We 
have also been in touch with Ted 
Borri SEAS'51; their group is small 
but almost all of the members 
started with two years in the Col¬ 
lege. They would like to be a part 
of our activities. 

The Class Gift is one of the most 
significant items on our agenda. 
Willard Block, class VP, will 
chair the fundraising for what is 
expected to be "the home run with 
the bases loaded." No doubt most 


of us share Willard's gratitude to 
Columbia College when he said 
alma mater "prepared him for 
what has been a wonderful voyage 
over these many years." Please 
give generously when Willard and 
his committee call. 

As usual, as class secretary I will 
prepare the reunion yearbook and 
class directory. Unlike previous 
yearbook publications (which were 
biographical), this final production 
will have no restrictions in content 
except for size. Class members 
may include photos; artwork; phi¬ 
losophy; advice for living; stories 
about life, family, professional and 
business relationships; or whatever 
tickles the imagination. Column 
size is restricted to 3% inches wide 
by 9 inches high, so be creative! 

For further information, I may 
be reached on my cell phone at 
914-610-1595 or at desiah@aol.com. 
Don't use the old verizon.net email. 

At past reunions, NROTC has 
scheduled some special activities 
that include activities with U.S. 
Naval personnel. Leonard A. 
Stoehr will be its contact person. 
Len writes the following: 

"I received a phone call from 
Jim Lowe reporting that he has 
moved from the assisted living 
condo that he had in St. Johns, 

Fla. He is now living in a condo 
penthouse (with ocean views) in 
Daytona Beach, Fla. The address is 
2403 S. Atlantic Blvd., Bldg. A, 

Ste 1108, Daytona Beach, FL 32118, 
and Jim's phone number is 
388-275-1083. It is certainly good 
to hear that one of us is moving 
toward greater independence. 

"I wish that I could report 
similar progress for Phil Bergovoy 
'50. Following a fall after his trip to 
last year's reunion, Phil's physical 
condition has deteriorated; he 
recently needed EMT transport to 
take him to a hospital for an MRI. 
He lives in his wheelchair, seems to 
be in constant pain and is receiving 
physical therapy twice a week. His 
phone number is 941-822-0650; 

I'm sure that he would like to hear 
from any of you. His wife, Hindy, 
is a great gal and she would be 
able to give you an update if Phil is 
not available. 

"On the homefront, [my wife,] 
Jan, and I are finally getting back to 
normal after an almost six-month 
construction project that involved 
moving all of the junk in our 
garage to a new large garden shed. 
A contractor converted the two-car 
garage to a new master bedroom 
suite, complete with a bidet in the 
bathroom. We now have a four- 
bedroom, three-bath house replac¬ 
ing the former three-bedroom, 
2 1 A-bath place that we suffered in 
before. My junior year roommate, 
Fred Kinsey, and his wife, Carol, 
[were scheduled to visit] to check 


out the new guest room (former 
master bedroom). 

"I'm still swimming, playing 
tennis and mowing lawns (on a 
tractor) to keep myself in (hope¬ 
fully good) shape. 

"Best regards to all." 


Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St, MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 

Norman Krasnow writes, "Now 
that I'm retired from SUNY 
Downstate Medical Center-Brook- 
lyn and [Mount Sinai] St. Luke's 
Hospital (cardiology) and living 
on the Upper West Side, I audit 
classes at Columbia regularly. All 
subjects, from poli sci to history to 
art history — no exams or papers, 
thank you. 

"I'm impressed that the students 
and professors have closer contact 
(including via the Internet) than 
I did as an undergrad. Also, they 
are graded more explicitly on class 
participation and they seem to write 
more papers than I had to (in the 
few liberal arts electives I had time 
for). I am impressed at how smart 
they are — more knowledgeable 
than I was at their age, and with a 
better memory (that isn't hard). And 
I can appreciate better than I did as 
a green undergrad the quality of the 
faculty; the world-class professors 
Columbia always brags about are 
real and terrific: Eric Foner '63, 
GSAS'69; Andrew Delbanco; [the 
late] David Rosand '59, GSAS'65; 
and so on. These professors are usu¬ 
ally welcoming to auditors. I have 
even been welcomed into some 
graduate-level seminars, though 
this is against the rules. 

"The wonderful fringe benefit 
is that I have met a bunch of guys 
like me and have formed close 
friendships, taking some classes 
with one or another of them and 
having a lunch every Wednesday 
to talk school or politics or our 
kvetch-erai. This doesn't happen 
often at our age — 75-84. If it's 
geographically possible, I urge 
classmates to try it." 

John Benfield writes, "I grew up 
in NYC and started Columbia in 
1948, along with Columbia's then- 
new President Dwight D. Eisen¬ 
hower. My life since then, however, 
has been in the Midwest and the 
West, so I sometimes refer to myself 
as a 'cowboy from Western Man¬ 
hattan.' I chose to go to Chicago's 
Pritzker School of Medicine after 
our third year at Columbia. That 
was a good decision but I now 
recognize that I missed much by 
skipping my senior year. 

"June 2015 was the 60th anni¬ 
versary of my graduation from 



CLASS NOTES 


Chicago. My wife, Mary Ann, 
and I recently celebrated our son's 
50th birthday in Utah. Our three 
children, and our seven grandchil¬ 
dren, were with us. 

"I am writing this on June 21, 
shortly after the joy of introducing 
my 12-year-old granddaughter to 
serious ocean swimming in Maui, 
where Mary Ann and I celebrated 
Father's Day and my 84th birthday 
as my daughter's guests. 

"I teach surgery and thoracic 
surgery at UCLA, in conference 
and small group settings, having 
left the operating room behind in 
1998, after 43 wonderful years. In 
1971 the students named me the 
best teacher in the medical school 
by awarding me 'The Golden 
Apple.' None of the subsequent 
honors I was fortunate to receive 
eclipses The Golden Apple, 
although the privilege of serving 
as the president of the Society of 
Thoracic Surgeons 1995-96 was 
truly outstanding." 

James Ketchum writes, "After 
Columbia I entered what was then 
named Cornell Medical College. 
While still a medical student, 
during my senior year, I joined 
the Army. It offered immediate 
appointments and a welcome 
salary as a second lieutenant. In 
return for joining its new program, 
which began in December 1955, 
we signed commitments of at least 
three years of active duty after 
graduation. My internship was 
at Letterman Army Hospital, fol¬ 
lowed by six months at Fort Sam 
Houston in San Antonio, learning 
the skills required by regular Army 
physicians. I then completed a 
three-year residency in psychiatry 
at Walter Reed National Military 
Medical Center in Washington, 
D.C., ending in 1961. 

"Subsequent assignment was 
to Edgewood Arsenal's chemi¬ 
cal research lab, in Maryland, 
where it needed a regular Army 
psychiatrist to help improve the 
design of psychopharmacological 
studies of atropine-related clas¬ 
sified compounds. In addition, 
LSD, cannabis derivatives and 
common psychoactive drugs were 
administered safely to hundreds of 
military volunteers, with the help 
of more than 60 drafted, mostly 
specially trained physicians. The 
work was challenging and person¬ 
ally rewarding, although public 
support faded as the Vietnam War 
became more openly opposed. 

"Awarded a two-year 'sabbati¬ 
cal,' I spent 1966-68 at Stanford as 
a neuropsychology post-doc under 
neurosurgeon / psychologist Karl 
Pribram. For two years I thus had 
freedom from military duties and 
enjoyed many fascinating times, 
including volunteer evenings once 
a week at the free clinic created 


FALL 2015 















CLASS NOTES 


by Dr. David E. Smith in San 
Francisco. There, I helped a bit 
with drug-related problems from 
the street. I returned to Edgewood 
Arsenal, serving as clinical research 
chief until 1971. 

"That year, I was sent to the 
Medical Education Center at Fort 
Sam Houston in San Antonio, 
where I headed the Department 
of Behavioral Science and finished 
my stay there, with approved trips 
to Japan, Thailand, Hawaii and 
many important locations in D.C., 
and Texas.... 

"I ended my 20 years in the 
Army with an assignment to Fort 
Benning, Ga., as chief of psychiatry, 
and soon after retirement gained an 
appointment as chief of the UCLA/ 
VA Alcohol and Drug program (a 
large unit). From the VA Hospital 
area I often crossed the road to teach 
as a resident assistant professor at 
UCLA, all the while supervising the 
several different programs in my 
substance abuse 'domain.' 

"In 1995,1 was off to Tehachapi 
(near Bakersfield), Calif., my 
apartment having been displaced 
for months by the 1994 Los Ange¬ 
les earthquake. In this rural town, 
my wife, Judy, and I purchased 
2 Vi acres, at the time a simple 
home on inexpensive property. 

I then spent most of my money 

— and all of my bubbling energy 

— designing a mystical estate 
with a lengthy, winding, paved 
pathway, as well as two golf holes 
situated for practice hitting short 
irons to greens and traps. They 
were placed 60 and 90 yards from 
concrete tees, all of this being 
placed non-destructively among 
100 large historic oaks. We also 
built a guest house and a 24-ft. 
Japanese-style bridge, stretching 
across an artificially dug chasm. 
Upon completion, the project 
was proudly named the Green 
Summit estate. 

"We moved again in 2006, to 
Santa Rosa, near San Francisco. 


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We now have a small house with a 
pool, some Redwood trees and cozy 
isolation. Meanwhile, I wrote Chem¬ 
ical Warfare Secrets Almost Forgotten: 
A Personal Story of Medical Testing 
of Army Volunteers with Incapacitat¬ 
ing Chemical Agents During the Cold 
War (1955-1975), and had it printed 
privately at 75. It is illustrated with 
200-plus photographs and many 
statistical presentations... 

"In conclusion. I've become 
even lazier in the past few years, 
but still send out a few notes and 
letters when ambition pokes my 
drowsy 83-year-old, less-produc¬ 
tive head. I remember my years at 
Columbia with much nostalgia." 

Raymond Bartlett PS'56, of 
Simsbury, Conn., writes, "I com¬ 
pleted a residency in pathology 
at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, 
Conn. I remember being greatly 
influenced by the insight gained 


"I am a professor of neurology 
and hold the W.W. Smith Chari¬ 
table Trust Endowed Professorship 
in Neuroimmunology at the Johns 
Hopkins School of Medicine. 

"Jephta stepped down last year 
after 20 years as president of the 
Shriver Hall Concert Series (cham¬ 
ber music on the Johns Hopkins 
campus), which she nurtured from 
a tiny organization virtually on life 
support to one of the most presti¬ 
gious organizations of its kind in 
the United States, with 1,100 seats 
now virtually sold out for every 
remarkable concert. 

"My twin, David Drachman, a 
professor of neurology at UMass, 
and I have fished for trout virtually 
every summer, and [planned to] do 
it again this year. 

"I could go on about my three 
terrific sons and five grandchil¬ 
dren, but will stop there." 


Raymond Bartlett '52, PS'56 had a biographical 
feature on his career published in the Journal of 
Clinical Microbiology in May 2015. 


from Virginia Kneeland Frantz, 
who taught the surgical pathology 
course at P&S. 

"Although I have been retired 
for 23 years from my position 
as director of the Microbiology 
Laboratory at Hartford Hospital, 

I was flattered to have a 'bio¬ 
graphical feature' outlining my 
career published in the Journal of 
Clinical Microbiology in May 2015. 
The author, Andrew Onderdonk 
of the Brigham and Women's 
Hospital, remarked, 'I knew from 
colleagues that Dr. Bartlett was 
considered a controversial figure 
in the clinical microbiology field 
... [and] I came to understand that 
Dr. Bartlett's vision for the modem 
clinical microbiology laboratory... 
[was] 20 years ahead of his time. 
Virtually all of his concepts have 
been adopted in some form within 
today's clinical microbiology 
laboratory as standard operating 
procedures.... We are fortunate 
that Dr. Barlett had the vision and 
tenacity to follow through on his 
ideas for how modem clinical 
microbiology laboratories should 
provide relevant patient informa¬ 
tion in an environment of cost 
containment.'" 

Daniel Drachman writes, "It is 
25 years since my wife, Jephta, and 
I bicycled 4,605 miles from Balti¬ 
more to Seattle. We started out on 
May 5,1990, and landed on August 
8,1990. The trip was phenomenal, 
and our country is amazing. 

"I was elected to the Institute of 
Medicine (now the National Acad¬ 
emy of Medicine) this year. 


George Economakis BUS'52 
writes, "As a retired 'veteran' of 85, 
I am now an active grandfather, or 
pappou in Greek. 

"I was financial analyst of the 
Axe-Houghton Funds at Carroll's 
Castle, Tarrytown, N.Y., 1952-53. 
From 1954 through 19631 was an 
adviser to my father for his jewelry 
business in Cairo and Suez and for 
the Ford dealership covering Suez 
and the Red Sea. 

"In 19551 founded and started 
operations of the Investment Bank 
of Egypt, S.A.E in Cairo. I was its 
chairman and managing director 
through the 1961 banking national¬ 
izations by Nasser. 

"In 1964 I founded, with Greek 
and American investors, ICAP 
Hellas in Athens. I managed this 
investment and financial services 
company, affiliated to ICAP 
Corp., N.Y. 

"In 19661 started with investors 
a maritime operation owning and 
managing ocean-going ships, with 
offices in Athens and Lausanne. 
From 1972 through 19781 owned 
and operated my own tanker and 
cargo fleet. 

"My last professional activity 
through 1985 was organizing and 
managing the Hellenic Marine 
Consortium, a marine service and 
consulting group. There were sev¬ 
eral Greek ship-owning member 
companies with 180 cargo vessels 
and tankers, with total dead 
weight tonnage of 3.7 mil li on." 

Shifting to memories of Colum¬ 
bia, George continues, "I earned my 
B.A. (with honors), membership to 


Phi Beta Kappa and a M.S. from the 
Business School. In 19511 won an 
ICFA gold medal (sabre) with the 
Columbia varsity fencing team. 

"In 1949, Columbia President 
Dwight D. Eisenhower granted 
me a'few minutes to present my 
sophomoric request to talk about 
the possibility for Greece becoming 
a U.S. state or protectorate. And 
this to put end to civil strife there 
after the defeat of the Greek red 
rebels. The president discouraged 
my pursuing the matter due basi¬ 
cally to the provisions of the U.S. 
Constitution. However, I had the 
opportunity to explain that I took 
the liberty as a Hellene and great- 
great-great-grandson of Diakogeor- 
gios Pavlou, mayor of Nisyros and 
national representative/signatory 
of the First Constitution of the new 
Hellenic State in 1823. 

"My father, Evelpidis, came to 
Egypt from the island of Nisyros 
when the Dodecanese islands 
were under Ottoman occupation. 
At 19, in 1913, he started his first 
jewelry shop in Suez. He was 
honorary president of the Suez 
Greek community. 

"[My] brother Alexander E.E. 
Economakis '61, SEAS'67 got into 
shipping soon after graduation, 
based in Greece and the United 
Kingdom. His son Alistair mar¬ 
ried Peter Yatrakis '62's daughter 
Catherine '94. 

"My eldest son, Evel GSAS'94, 
teaches and writes history, having 
received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from 
Columbia. Middle son Richard, 
an architect with degrees from 
Cornell, is associate professor 
of architecture and director of 
graduate studies in architecture 
at Notre Dame. My youngest, 
Andrew '87, is a film director and 
author. My grandchildren, Anthea, 
Anais, Nikiforos and Anastasia, are 
citizens of the U.S. and Greece. I 
retired from all business activity in 
early 2000 due to health problems." 



Lew Robins 

3200 Park Ave., Apt. 9C2 
Bridgeport, CT 06604 


lewrobins@aol.com 


Stan Sklar writes, "I was saddened 
to read about [the passing of] Julie 
Ross. He was so vibrant in our 
class and after graduation. Great to 
hear about Peter Carbonara [and 
his retirement and volunteer work]. 
He was a real friend at Columbia 
and for some years after." 

Bernard Epstein wrote, "I note a 
recent issue of CCT made mention 
of Herb Mark in the Class Notes. Is 
he still alive and well? I occasion¬ 
ally shared a table at a restaurant 
with him." 

I'll forward information any of 
you have about Herb to Bernard. 


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Mike Sovem LAW'55's book 
An Improbable Life: My 60 Years at 
Columbia and Other Adventures is 
filled with colorful anecdotes about 
the extraordinary professors he met 
as an undergraduate and during his 
years as dean of the Law School and 
as president of the University. 

If you are storing memories of 
events, classmates and teachers, 
please take a moment to send me 
an email about them so that your 
reminiscences can be included in 
a future column. The following is 
an example of one of my favorite 
passages from Mike's book. 

"Professor Irwin Edman [(Class 
of 1916)] was a Professor of Phi¬ 
losophy and as a sophomore, I was 
a student in one of his undergradu¬ 
ate courses. The professor's behav¬ 
ior was unforgettable. He liked to 
nibble on a piece of chalk. One day. 
Professor Edman quoted William 
James: 'Religion like sex and drink 
takes one from the periphery of 
life to its very core.' That's so good, 
the professor told us. I'm going 
to repeat it. 'Religion like sex and 
drink takes one from the periph¬ 
ery of life to its very core.' At that 
moment, a member of the Class of 
'53 raised his hand as the professor 
was chewing on his chalk. Our 
18-year-old classmate asked, 'Sir, 
may we have a choice?"' 

Please email your memories 
of life on the campus as well as 
additional stories and articles for a 
future issue. 


54 


Bemd Brecher 

35 Parkview Ave., Apt. 4G 
Bronxville, NY 10708 


brecherservices@aol.com 


Our Class(mates) of Destiny are 
chock full of news. Thank you all 
for your prompt responses to my 
emailed info requests. Please note 
that the publication schedule is 
beyond my control and that items 
you submit may not appear as 
soon as you expect; in that case, 
do not resend tire information, but 
rather send me an email alert with 
the previous information as a sepa¬ 
rate attachment. Thanks much. 

Jim Caraley observes, "At our 
age, we should be ready to go at 
any time." Exactly where Jim wants 
to go is left unclear, but he probably 
welcomes suggestions, destinations 
and costs. Let me know if you want 
his email address. 

Herewith is a condensed version 
of Dick Wagner's unusual career: 
Dick graduated from Yale's School 
of Architecture in 1957, went west 
and "fell in love with the North¬ 
west, with its environment of inland 
sea, forests and mountains but none 
of the East Coast mosquitoes. I also 
loved the people: polite, cheerful, 
ingenious, humble, patient, helpful 


and self-sufficient. Most of the 
men my age were either building 
a boat in their backyard, building 
a cabin in the Cascade or Olympic 
Mountains or building an airplane 
in a parking lot." 

Dick then married and 
embarked on a honeymoon that 
lasted from fall 1964 to fall 1965. 
"My wife, Colleen, and I started 
with a sail to the islands in the 
Strait of Georgia, then hopped 
on a Dutch olive oil tanker from 
New York to Lisbon to Barcelona 
to Naples. We jumped ship there 
and hitched rides to Rome, Flor¬ 
ence and Venice. Then we took a 
Grecian passenger ship to Haifa, 
Israel, and a bus to Be'er Sheva 
for four months of working on the 
archaeology of Masada. We then 
toured Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, 
Greece and Yugoslavia." 

After further honeymooning 
adventures, Dick and Colleen went 
home to Seattle, where they cre¬ 
ated a living museum of traditional 
wooden small craft. "This little 
experiment was discovered by 
our community and the media. 
Eventually, we became a nonprofit. 
We began outreach with toy boat 
building for preschool kids. We 
gave sailing lessons to deaf, blind, 
wheelchair-bound and homeless 
youth. We held summer camps for 
disadvantaged teenagers, where 
they learned to sail historically 
significant boats and build a tradi¬ 
tional boat." 

"Today, our floating maritime 
museum. Center for Wooden 
Boats, operates at three sites, two 
on Seattle's Lake Union and one on 
Camano Island, Wash. We receive 
more than 100,000 visitors a year, 
are about to break ground on a 
building — the Wagner Education 
Center — and annually provide 
educational opportunities for more 
than 5,000 schoolchildren." 

Dick hopes classmates will 
check out The Center for Wooden 
Boats at cwb.org or drop him a line 
at dick@cwb.org. 

Peter Maris (ne Marinakos) is 
"enjoying retirement thoroughly" 
and enjoys sports, travel and art 
collecting. He has been married 
for 48 years to Kay, an active 
board member of Old Westbury 
Gardens. Their daughter, Kathryn 
Maris '93, is a published writer, 
and their son, Peter Jr. '95, is an 
assistant professor at Columbia 
and glaucoma specialist. 

Eric Salzman continues to be 
active in the world of music and 
refers us to learn all about him 
on ericsalzman.com or his entry 
in Wikipedia. 

Bret Charipper GSAS'56 and 
his wife, Elaine, recently celebrated 
their 60th anniversary with a group 
of family and friends. Bret earned 
a Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio 


State in 1962 and retired from IBM 
30 years later. He and Elaine have 
lived in Manhattan since then. 

Richard Werksman LAW'58 
says he is "retired but restless," at 
Chincoteague Island, Va., follow¬ 
ing a career with the federal gov¬ 
ernment. Still, he finds retirement 
"enjoyable, playing tennis and 
teaching Spanish." Richard's last 
assignment for the good old U.S.A. 
was as a senior anti-corruption 
adviser at the State Department. 
(Now there's a lifetime challenge.) 
In June, he moderated a panel 
in Washington, D.C., on "Fight¬ 
ing Corruption in the Americas," 
sponsored by the D.C. Bar and the 
International Bar Association. 

Dick, we're with you all the way. 

Karl H. Perzin PS'58 is profes¬ 
sor emeritus of clinical surgical 
pathology and consulting patholo¬ 
gist at the Columbia University 
Medical Center, following formal 
retirement in 1998 after 37 years 
in the pathology department. Karl 
supports the arts in NYC and is 
particularly dedicated to the Met¬ 
ropolitan Opera and the New York 
Philharmonic. 

Larry Gartner says, "After 17 
years of 'retirement' I am still 
doing lots of things that I like 
doing," such as a giving a lecture 
on medical ethics two years ago in 
Paris. It must have been a good one 
— he was asked to give it again 
this year in Brussels. Larry and his 
wife, Carol, recently returned from 
two weeks in Venice, including 
an Adriatic cruise with "beauti¬ 
ful sight stops" in Croatia and 
Montenegro. Their daughter, 
Madeline, and her husband, Mark, 
both surgeons in Minneapolis, will 
retire during the next three years 
to a house "about a mile from 
our ranch in Valley Center, Calif." 
Son Alex, a movie producer in 
Hollywood, claims he "will never 
retire"; Larry therefore concludes 
that "making movies must be 
more fun than surgery." Youngest 
granddaughter Hannah is entering 
Duke, Carol's alma mater. 

I note that Larry and several 
other '54ers are into Max Frankel 
'52, GSAS'53's evocative memoir. 
Times of My Life and My Life With 
The Times, which brings back not 
only major historical events of the 
20th century but also our time at 
Columbia. Those of us who were 
reporters on Spectator as Max 
was rising to editor in chief, and 
especially the eight of us on the 
editorial board two years later, will 
always be in debt to him. 

Lawrence Kobrin LAW'57 is 
proud of his continuing strong 
connections with Columbia, with 
daughter Rebecca Kobrin now 
an associate professor of history, 
and daughter-in-law Michelle 
Greenberg-Kobrin '96, LAW'99 the 


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dean of students at the Law School. 
"Within the immediate family, we 
have eight Columbia degrees and 
one in process," he says. Larry 
is on senior counsel status from 
Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and says 
he tries to "act semi-retired but 
find myself in the office at least 
four days each week." 

Larry is chairman of The 
Council for Hebrew Language 
and Culture in North America. 
His wife, Ruth, is a social worker 
therapist for The Jewish Board of 
Family and Children's Services, 
working in several area syna¬ 
gogues. Both Larry and Ruth 
kvell about their three children 
and 10 grandchildren, who "all 
live nearby." 

Edward Cowan writes that 
earlier this year he and his wife, 
Ann Louise, made a first-time visit 
to Romania and Bulgaria, includ¬ 
ing nearly five days in Bucharest 
where a friend "ran interference" 
for a magical experience. Then they 
took a train to Brasov, Romania, 

"a gracefully laid out city in Tran¬ 
sylvania with a heavy Germanic 
population dating back centuries. 
There we visited a large synagogue 
that can seat Brasov's entire Jewish 
population (214), and the nearby 
Black Church, an early bastion of 
the Reformation." 

They spent a week in Bul¬ 
garia and visited Sofia, the Rita 
Monastery and Veliko Tamavo, 
a small city built into the side of 
a mountain. Edward observed 
that in both countries English has 
emerged as a second language and 
is widely used. 

U.S. District Judge Alvin Heller- 
stein LAW'56, our class' law giver 
extraordinaire, issued a decision 
in a robo-calling case that could 
have favorable consequences for 
users of mobile phones. Journalist 
Edward Cowan has boiled down 
the decision and its consequences, 
as follows: 

"In a civil suit brought by 
a Texas woman against Time 
Warner Cable, Alvin slammed the 
company with $229,500 in treble 
damages for having made 153 robo 
calls — calls by a dialing device, 
not by a human being, and with a 
recorded message — to the plain¬ 
tiff, after she told the company 
she did not wish to be called. In 
a July 7,2015, decision, the judge 
found that the calls violated the 
Telephone Consumer Protection 
Act. It prohibits making automated 
calls to a mobile phone without the 
prior consent of tire subscriber." 

A1 and Ed, thank you. 

Alfred Grayzel SEAS'55 took 
early retirement from MIT 22 years 
ago and in 2000 moved to skier 
heaven in Park City, Utah, where on 
a blind date at the Alta Ski Area in 
the same year he met his wife. He 


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does his own scientific research and 
has filed two patent applications. 

He still skis on the expert slopes, 
although in great pain, and both 
knees will be replaced this summer 
to be ready for next season. He and 
his wife live in the mountains at 
7,000 ft., have several national parks 
close by, go camping in Yellowstone 
and the Grand Tetons and fly-fish 
for trout in the High Unitas on the 
Green River. "Retirement has been a 
wonderful time in my life and Utah 
a wonderful place to retire to... no 
traffic," he says. 

Richard Bernstein recently 
published a series of 50 videos on 
YouTube titled "Dr. Bernstein's 
Diabetes University." Additional 
exciting news about Dick will be 
published in a future issue. 

Ronald Sugarman reports that 
"being in good health and having 
time to spend 'when you like on 
what you like' is not a condition 
that needs fixing." He and his wife, 
Hisako, recently spent two weeks 
in Japan visiting with her family, 
reconnecting with former business 
colleagues and exploring the small¬ 
est of Japan's four main islands. 
The Sugarmans also visited Atlanta 
to see their daughter's family, their 
grandkids and former clients and 
colleagues. Ronald says that in the 
fall they "are planning to visit with 
our son's family in London... and 
revisit the continent." 

Leo Cirino SEAS'55 has spent 
the past five years starting and 
nurturing the Westport Electric Car 
Club. We "have been well received 
in our community and member¬ 
ship continues to grow," he says, 
and he reports that his background 
in power and energy engineering 
obviously is being put to good use. 
He invites us to catch up with the 
club's activities at westportelectric 
carclub.com. 

Allan Wikman writes that he 
looks forward to keeping in touch 
with the Class of '54 and reading 
about us in Class Notes. He is 
into hiking and is well. Allan 
advised yours truly to "Keep on 
keepin' on!" 

I'll try. 

Sheldon Licht GSAPP'57 
reminds us of some recent history, 
specifically the events of 9-11 and 
that "I have moments to think 
about those days and write about 
my feelings. I was a first responder. 
I watched as the first tower came 
down and was with Mayor Rudy 
Giuliani when the second tower 
fell. I spoke to the mayor about 
lending my service and knowl¬ 
edge, as I was the highest-ranking 
Building Department representa¬ 
tive — assistant commissioner — 
on the scene. I worked diligently 
for the next 3% weeks to help 
minimize the disaster's impact on 
the department and the citizens of 


the city. Three months later I left 
the department and went back to 
my private practice as a planner 
and architect. To this moment I still 
react to the events of that time with 
an emotional response." 

Two years ago, Sheldon and his 
wife, Roz, moved to Florida from 
Riverdale, N.Y., leaving but not 
forgetting a large clan still up north. 
Their eldest son, Adam, has twin 
girls and another girl; their middle 
son, Warren, is a physician in Provi¬ 
dence, R.I., and he and his wife. Dr. 
Naomi Kramer, have three sons (the 
eldest a student at Tulane, where 
one of my grandsons is entering this 
fall); Sheldon and Roz's youngest, 
Jason, is A/V director at the New- 
York Historical Society. 

I continue in "semi-retirement"; 
my wife, Helen, and I "commute" 
between Bronxville, N.Y., and our 
home in The Berkshires in Mas¬ 
sachusetts, visit with and often see 
our three kids and their families 
(five grandkids in Manhattan and 
Westchester, two in Pacific Pali¬ 
sades, Calif.), and continue to sup¬ 
port and enjoy the performing arts 
in theater, music and dance. After 
teaching a course on philanthropic 
management last year at Berkshire 
Community College, I will cover 
a new subject this fall semester, 
"Story Telling as a Management 
Tool" (really!). 

Thanks to all of you who sub¬ 
mitted information, which I hope 
has been fairly presented in these 
Class Notes. Be well, all of you, 
stay in touch, and all my best. 

Excelsior! 


55 


Gerald Sherwin 

181 E. 73rd St., Apt. 6A 
New York, NY 10021 


This year's Commencement was 
more than just a joyous occasion 
— the venerable Bill Campbell '62, 
TC'64 (who has done more for the 
school than most any alumnus / a) 
was honored as a Doctor of Laws 
and as a Columbia University 
Alumni Medalist. 

Columbia alumni gathered in 
Italy for the highly anticipated 56th 
edition of the International Art 
Exhibition, All the World's Futures, 
and celebrated the achievements of 
featured Columbia artists. 

Actor and writer Alan Alda 
shared his passion for the arts 
in the lecture "Getting Beyond a 
Blind Date with Science" at Miller 
Theatre on May 6. Nobel Laure¬ 
ate, University Professor and the 
Kavli Professor of Brain Science 
Eric Kandel gave the introduc¬ 
tory remarks; it was a magnificent 
show, enjoyed by all attendees. 

Speaking of outstanding per¬ 
formances, the Columbia baseball 


team won its third consecutive Ivy 
League title by beating Dartmouth; 
they then won three more games in 
the NCAA Tournament before suc¬ 
cumbing to top-ranked Miami. 

Columbia alumni, students and 
faculty gave back to New York 
during the Columbia Community 
Outreach Service Day, Columbia's 
largest day of community service, 
on April 12. Projects included 
beautifying parks, serving food 
in soup kitchens and performing 
administrative work. A huge turn¬ 
out showed Columbia at its best. 

The keynote speaker at Class 
Day was Los Angeles Mayor Erie 
Garcetti '92, SIPA'93, who received a 
standing ovation after his remarks. 
As of this writing, Allen Hyman 
and Elliot Gross (who has recov¬ 
ered from our 60th reunion) plan 
to carry the class banner in August 
at Convocation to greet the Class 
of 2019. 

From near and far, classmates 
came back to campus to celebrate 
our 60th, setting all sorts of 
records in terms of attendance and 
fundraising (thanks especially to 
Cleveland's Jim Berick, the good 
doctor Allen Hyman and Califor¬ 
nia's Harry Scheiber. As an added 
note, the Student Advisory Center 
in Alfred Lemer Hall was named 
after Jim and his wife, Christine). 

The climax of reunion was 
Saturday's reception, dinner and 
class photo-taking in Joe's Cafe 
(in the Northwest Comer Build¬ 
ing on West 120th Street), where, 
in addition to the outstanding 
food and company, the class was 
entertained by a poetry reading by 
Bob Sparrow and a performance by 
Jack Freeman of a capella versions 
of his favorite songs. Leading up 
to this great event were talks on 
Friday morning by Richard Ravitch 
and Stanley Lubman — brilliant 
performances, and they set the gold 
standard for communicating to an 
audience. On Friday midday, the 
class had a special guest when Dean 
James J. Valentini stopped by to 
give a "state of the College" update. 

Classmates who participated 
in the weekend activities included 
Chuck Solomon, Ron Spitz, Dick 
Kuhn, Mathew Loonin, A1 Martz, 
Ron McPhee, Roland Plottel, Mort 
Rennert and New England's Ralph 
Wagner. From Brooklyn came Bob 
Schiff, Alfred Gollomp, Igou 
Allbray and Bob Loring, while 
Abbe Leban and Bemie Kirtman 
came from Northern California. 
Hall of Fame fencer Barry Pariser 
came, as did former Varsity Show 
writer, performer and fencer Herb 
Gardner. Lew Mendelson, Marty 
Dubner and Roger Stem came, as 
did Harris Epstein, Bill Epstein 
(no relation), Norman Goldstein, 
Aaron Hamburger, Don Laufer, 
Rochester's Beryl Nusbaum, Los 


Angeles' Jeff Broido and Long 
Island's Larry Balfus. Also show¬ 
ing '55 pride at Alumni Reunion 
Weekend were Lew Stemfels, 
Ralph Tanner, Herb Cohen, 

Ed Siegel, Sven Johnson, Jules 
Rosenberg, Paul Frank, professor 
Neil Opdyke, Daren Rathkopf, 
our point guard Ezra Levin, North 
Carolina's Mike Liptzin, Berish 
Strauch, Henry Weinstein, author 
Dick Ascher, Milt Merritt and 
professor Gerry Pomper. 

If a name has been omitted, it 
will be made up in a future column. 

We heard from several '55ers 
who couldn't make the reunion 
events; maybe we'll get them 
in five years. Walt Flanagan, 

Mike Vaughn, former oarsman 
Harry Scheiber, Bob Banz, Dan 
Hovey, Bill Mink (Bob Brown's 
high school classmate) and Milt 
Finegold in Texas all passed along 
well wishes. Philadelphia's A1 
Momjian attended Class Day and 
Commencement in May in celebra¬ 
tion of his 60th. Congratulations 
to his grandson, who is pursuing 
an M.Phil. in human evolutionary 
studies at Cambridge. 

My dear and wonderful class¬ 
mates of the Class of 1955: 

Now is the time to relax. 

Enjoy the fruits of your labor. 

The 60th was more than out¬ 
standing. 

You all are magnificent in so 
many ways. 

It's not too early to think about 
the 65th. 

Love to all! Everywhere! 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

alumni affairs Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26l0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 


Stephen K. Easton 

6 Hidden Ledge Rd. 
Englewood, NJ 07631 
tball8000@earthlink.net 


As I write these Class Notes, it 
came to mind how many of us have 
either reached or will be reaching 
our 80th birthday within two to six 
months. By the time these notes are 
published, I will have celebrated 
my 80th with my wife, Elke, on one 
of our many travels, this time to the 
Scandinavian countries, the Baltic 
region and St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Ron Kapon will have celebrated 
his 80th on July 12 with a number 
of Columbia alums and Hudson 
County Community College, 
where he has taught wine tasting 
classes. By the way, Ron will be 
hosting a class wine tasting event 
at our 60th reunion. 


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As age should only be viewed 
as a number, not as a demarcation 
of "approaching old age," it should 
be noted that Buzz Paaswell, the 
youngest member of our class, will 
not be celebrating his 80th birthday 
for another 1 Vi years. For those 
of you who might remember, we 
had a number of Ford scholars in 
our class, and Buzz was among 
those who were sponsored by the 
Ford Foundation as an educational 
experiment, entering college 
having not even completed high 
school, at 16 (some at 15). 

Reflecting on family, I note that 
my oldest granddaughter [has 
begun] her senior year in high 
school and will soon apply to a 
number of colleges, something 
that many of you are familiar with. 
Also, my two youngest grandchil¬ 
dren (boy and girl), are attending 
Horace Mann, and are potential 
Columbia students. 

If you would like to share info 
about your life experiences (includ¬ 
ing family and other observations), 
we are proposing for our 60th 
reunion to have all our class mem¬ 
bers submit a one- or two-page bio 
update, together with a picture, 
to be included in a booklet to be 
given out at the reunion. If we do 
not receive enough responses to 
make up a booklet, they will be 
included over the course of the 
next year in Class Notes. 

We had a class luncheon on May 
6 at Faculty House. In attendance 
were Buzz Paaswell, Danny Link, 
Stan Soren, Ralph Kaslick, Jerry 
Fine, Mark Novick and me. We 
invited Gregory Rempe '16, one 
of our class scholarship recipients. 
Greg will graduate as we celebrate 
our 60th reunion. He is from Albu¬ 
querque, N.M., and shared with us 
many of the current goings-on at 
Columbia; in response, we shared 
some of our Columbia experiences 
as well as some of the benefits we 
have received from our College 
education. We hope Greg will be 
able to attend at least one of our 
60th reunion events. 

On May 19, Danny Link, 
Leonard Wolfe and Ron Kapon 
represented our class on Class 
Day, marching in the Alumni 
Parade of Classes with our class 
banner. This is the first year 
I have missed it, as I had just 
returned from one of my Mexico 
trips. I hope, for our 60th, we will 
have a "battalion" of class mem¬ 
bers marching with our banner. 

At Dean's Day our class had one 
of the best attendances we have had 
for many years. In attendance were 
Stanley Soren with his wife, Ruth; 
Danny Link and Elinor Bailer; Bob 
Siroty; Peter Klein; John Censor 
Ralph Kaslick; Jerry Fine with his 
wife, Barbara; and me. At lunch, 
we shared our evaluation of the 


morning lectures which, as usual, 
were quite interesting and informa¬ 
tive. I found the afternoon lecture. 
"Lesson from Jazz," given by 
associate professor of music Chris 
Washbume GSAS'99, to be not only 
informative but also entertaining, 
as it included a quartet of students 
performing many of the works that 
were covered in the lecture. It was 
the consensus of our attendees that 
the lecture presenters were a great 
indication of the quality of teaching 
at the College today. 

On June 11, we had our first 
summer class luncheon at Danny 
Link's country club, Bonnie Briar, 
in Larchmont, N.Y. Those attend¬ 
ing for tennis were Jerry Fine, 

Bob Novek, Danny Link, Mark 
Novick and me. The non-tennis 
players were Ron Kapon, Bob 
Siroty and Peter Klein. We had 
the benefit of instruction from 
the club pro. Nelson, who got us 
moving, elevating our heart rate 
(but at a safe level). Surprisingly, 
the "sleeper player" of the group, 
Mark Novick, was easily the most 
improved player with instruction, 
and the winner of the last match. 

We are forming the 60th 
Reunion Committee. Tentative 
members are Buzz Paaswell, 
Socrates Nicholas, Franklin 
Thomas, Donald Morris, Leonard 
Wolfe, Ralph Kaslick, Michael 
Spett, Bob Siroty, Ron Kapon, Joel 
Pimsleur, Philip Liebson, Danny 
Link, Lee Seidler, Lou Hem- 
merdinger, Peter Klein, Giora 
Ben-Horin, Jerry Fine, Robert 
Lauterbom, Newt Frohlich, Larry 
Cohen, Alan Press and me. 

I encourage you to contact 
both me and the Alumni Office 
to give your input for reunion 
planning. If you do not wish to 
be included in this committee, 
please email me to that effect. The 
next nine months will be exciting, 
productive and rewarding as 
we prepare to celebrate our 60th 
at Alumni Reunion Weekend, 
Thursday, June 2-Sunday, June 5. 

As always, I look forward to 
seeing many of you at our class 
lunches and other events during 
the fall and winter. 


57 


Herman Levy 

7322 Rockford Dr. 

Falls Church, VA 22043 


hdlleditor@aol.com 


Stan Barnett reports the death 
of Herbert L. Strauss GSAS'60 
in Berkeley, Calif., on December 
2,2014. Herbert was professor of 
chemistry emeritus and former 
associate dean of undergraduate 
affairs in the College of Chemistry 
at UC Berkeley. 

John "Sparky" Breeskin writes, 
"Roy Wolff and I are pleased to 


announce that we have reached our 
80th birthdays; our friendship is still 
as strong as it ever was, although 
we have been overtaken by signifi¬ 
cant health problems. Please join us 
as we celebrate this event." 

From Peter Caroline: "After a 
successful career in the ad biz, I 
retired to Arizona, where I keep 
busy writing product reviews for 
firearms publications. When I'm 
not on the range or out in the field. 
I'm at home, cooking." 

From Sam Rosenberg: "The 
excellent Spring 2015 issue of CCT, 
with its encouragement of nostalgia 
for the '50s [food scene at Colum¬ 
bia], finally made me put pen to 
paper (so to speak). The most per¬ 
suasive feature was probably die 
photo of John Jay Dining Hall (page 
61), which set loose a remarkable 
flood of memories, and not only of 
The Gold Rail on Broadway and 
the Japanese basement restaurant 
on Amsterdam Avenue. 

"Along with such experiences 
as the pleasure of Professor Mark 
Van Doren GSAS'21's class on 
verse, the shock of Robert Akeret's 
health ed film of a live birth and 
the impossibility of grasping the 
mysteries of integral calculus 
filtered through several layers of 
Anglo-Indie [English plus one of 
the languages of the Indie group, 
which, among others, includes 
Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu and Ben¬ 
gali], I recall the delight of being a 
voice of classical music on WKCR 
throughout my undergraduate 
years. Since retiring from teaching, 
I have known the joy of being able 
at last to marry the man of my 
life. What a step forward! It has 
indirectly spurred renewed efforts 
in other areas, as I have given 
increasing attention to literary 
translation (from French). Earlier 
this spring, Oxford University 
Press published my translation of 
Berlioz on Music: Selected Criti¬ 
cism, 1824-1837, and other works 
should be out before long. 

"Many thanks for this oppor¬ 
tunity to say hello to old friends 
and to let them know it would be 
a pleasure to hear from them. Con¬ 
tact should be by email: srosenbe@ 
indiana.edu." 

Yours truly attended Dean 
of the College Emeritus Austin 
E. Quigley's presentation and 
discussion, "A Liberal Arts Educa¬ 
tion in a World of Specialists," 
in Washington, D.C., on May 21. 
Dean Quigley briefly reported on 
the building of the Manhattanville 
campus, which is bound by West 
125th and West 133rd Streets. He 
then spoke of the importance of 
getting students to think creatively 
in their lives, and not just in 
school. He noted that liberal arts 
colleges have the capacity to bring 
together a variety of people and to 


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teach them to think for themselves 
and outside of the box — to learn 
together but independently. 

With an emphasis on student 
interaction. Dean Quigley said 
that online education can usefully 
supplement, but will not replace, 
residential education. Students 
leam in a variety of ways, both from 
and with one another, and the Col¬ 
lege facilitates student interaction in 
many social and academic settings. 
Students change residence halls 
every year and make new friends 
in new classes every semester; it is 
in this light that we should view 
the importance of their work¬ 
ing together in clubs and affinity 
groups and on athletics teams. 

In June I attended the American 
Bar Association's (ABA) Magna 
Carta Commemoration, which 
honored the 800th anniversary of 
the sealing of the Magna Carta. 
Also attending from '57 was Larry 
Orloff and his wife, retired judge 
Deanne M. Wilson. The theme of 
the conference was the importance 
of the Magna Carta in establishing 
the rule of law, which transcends 
all persons, including the king. 

The events brought back memo¬ 
ries of Professor Richard Webb 
GSAS'49's "British Constitutional 
History" class; I recall that we had 
an exam question asking for, in 
the alternative, the positions of 
King John and the barons. 

The sessions began on Thurs¬ 
day, June 11, with an assembly at 
Central Hall Westminster, followed 
by a choral evensong at the Temple 
(Zhurch and a reception in the 
garden of the Middle Temple (one 
of the four Inns of Court). I was told 
that this is the garden in which rep¬ 
resentatives of the rival houses of 
York and Lancaster met and picked, 
respectively, a white and a red rose, 
precipitating the Wars of the Roses. 

Friday was taken up with a 
series of forums, a luncheon with 
Cherie (Mrs. Tony) Blair as speaker 
and a reception at Guildhall. 

I attended two forums on the 
Magna Carta; the first called "What 
if..." followed by "A Magna Carta 
for True Local Government: 800 
Years of Lessons from the United 
Kingdom and the U.S." 

Saturday was filled with another 
series of forums, a luncheon with 
Baroness Emma Nicholson of 
Winterbourne as speaker and 
a reception at the Royal Courts 
of Justice. I attended forums on 
"The Magna Carta's Continued 
Influence on Modern-Day Human 
Rights" and "The Independence 
of the Judiciary, 800 Years after the 
Magna Carta." 

Sunday's closing plenary session 
on what fire Magna Carta means for 
the future had Professor A.E. Dick 
Howard of the UVA School of Law 
as moderator. A brunch followed, 


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then we attended a garden party at 
Winfield House, the residence of the 
U.S. ambassador, who was there to 
greet us at the door. 

The culmination of the events 
was the Magna Carta Celebration 
and the rededication of the ABA 
memorial to the sealing, held on 
or near the site of the meeting 
of King John and the barons in 
Runnymede, Surrey. Present was 
an all-star cast, including Queen 
Elizabeth II, Princes Philip and 
William, Princess Anne, the U.S. 
ambassador. Prime Minister David 
Cameron and Attorney General 
Loretta Lynch. It was a once-in- 
a-lifetime experience that I will 
never forget. Had I a magic carpet, 

I would have wanted so much to 
bring my older grandnephew (23), 
grandniece (17) and my honorary 
granddaughter (11) there. 

I remained in London for three 
more days, with day trips to St. 
Albans, with its cathedral and 
Roman ruins, and to Leicester to 
see the new tomb of Richard III in 
the cathedral and several exhibits 
relating to the recent exhumation 
of his remains and his reinter¬ 
ment. Again, my interest arose 
from a College class, this time 
English 35-36, which Professor 
Andrew Chiappe '33, GSAS'39 
so memorably taught. Following 
Richard Ill's rather gory death at 
Bosworth Field, his remains were 
buried in a Greyfriar monastery 
church in nearby Leicester. The 
church presumably was one of 
many destroyed in the aftermath 
of Henry VIII's dissolution of the 
monasteries; ultimately some¬ 
one built a parking lot over the 
ruins. Using old records, a group 
of scientists located the remains 
and identified them as those of 
Richard III through the scoliosis 
of the back and one shoulder 
being lower than the other. One 
of the exhibits has a video scene 
showing him stripped to the waist 
for an armor fitting; evidently, 
notwithstanding his deformities, 
he was not the ugly hunchback 
that Shakespeare painted. 


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In London I walked around the 
Inner and Middle Temples, Royal 
Courts of Justice, Bank of England, 
Guildhall and the Monument to 
the Great Fire of London. 

After 10 days in London, I took 
the train to Edinburgh, Scotland, 
for a week. As the presumed capi¬ 
tal of the possibly emerging inde¬ 
pendent state of Scotland, I had a 
special interest in the city. There is 
the Royal Mile, running downhill 
through the Old Town from Edin¬ 
burgh Castle, with its spectacular 
views of the city below. The Royal 
Mile runs past several points of 
interest, including St. Giles' Cathe¬ 
dral with its crown-shaped spire. 
Deacon Brodie's Tavern (that of a 
split personality said to be the basis 
of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. 
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), the John Knox 
House and the strikingly modem, 
stark white new Scottish Parlia¬ 
ment building. 

At the foot of the hill is the Palace 
of Holyroodhouse, residence of the 
Queen when she is in Edinburgh. 
Across the Sunken Gardens is the 
Georgian-style New Town (from 
the 18th century), the star of which 
is the Georgian House on Charlotte 
Square, open to visitors. Among the 
Scottish National Gallery, the Scot¬ 
tish National Portrait Gallery, the 
City Art Centre and other galleries, 
Edinburgh has extensive art collec¬ 
tions, including a large number of 
Scottish paintings. 

Also I took a day trip to St 
Andrews, with its renowned golf 
course, university and mins of a 
castle and of a cathedral on the 
edge of the North Sea. 

All in all, the trip was most 
pleasant and rewarding. 


Barry Dickman 

25 Main St. 

Court Plaza North, Ste 104 
Hackensack, NJ 07601 
bdickmanesq@gmail.com 

Retirement? Retirement? What 
is this "retirement" of which 
you speak? 

After a long, successful career 
as a litigator with the NYC firm 
of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Peter 
Gruenberger LAW'61 has joined 
another major firm, Greenberg 
Traurig, as senior counsel. He 
will continue to focus on complex 
business litigation. Peter has rep¬ 
resented clients ranging from the 
NBA to Ross Perot as well as acting 
as lead counsel in the bankruptcy 
proceedings for Drexel Burnham 
Lambert, Enron and Lehman Broth¬ 
ers. He is a founding member of the 
litigation section of the American 
Bar Association. He has also taught 
at the Law School. Responding 
to his new firm's warm welcome, 
Peter praised its attitude toward 


experienced lawyers, saying, "The 
firm has a very attractive attitude: 
not worrying about hiring senior 
people of a certain age... Many 
firms don't wish to deal with older 
lawyers, and I don't dunk they 
understand the benefits that can 
be derived from having a senior 
lawyer on the team." 

Peter also passed along the news 
that his grandson, Ethan Abrams 
'19, of San Diego, was admitted 
early decision, becoming the third 
generation of Peter's family to 
attend Columbia. Ethan is a right- 
handed pitcher who was recruited 
by several California schools but 
chose the Lions (who, incidentally, 
have won three consecutive Ivy 
League baseball championships). 

Also unretired is Henry Solo¬ 
mon. The chair of the professional 
and corporate consortium of the 
American College of Cardiology, 
Henry earlier this year took his 16th 
trip to China,where he had been 
invited to give a talk at the China 
Healthcare Investment Conference 
in Shanghai; he also visited numer¬ 
ous companies (both established 
and startups) involved in different 
aspects of healthcare there. 

Ira Carlin (also not retired — not 
that there's anything wrong with 
retirement, as some of you may 
remember Lenny Zivitz's eloquent 
endorsement of retirement a few 
reunions back), sent us an ARTNews 
article, "Rising from the Bunker: 

The World Catches Up with John 
Giomo" by Andrew Russeth '07. 
The inspiration for the piece was 
John Giomo's two upcoming exhi¬ 
bitions of his paintings: a solo show 
at New York's Elizabeth Dee gallery 
and a retrospective at the Palais de 
Tokyo in Paris. The Paris show will 
include poems, paintings, photos 
and other items dug out from 
John's vast archive; one unique 
specimen is a reel of film shot by 
Andy Warhol that became the basis 
of his infamous film, Sleep (1964): 
five hours of nothing but a nude 
John sleeping — the ultimate reality 
show. Russeth's article reads like a 
prelude to a full-length biography, 
from John's days hanging out with 
artists like Jasper Johns, Robert 
Rauschenberg and Warhol; his long 
career as an avant-garde poet; the 
recent addition of painting to his 
repertoire; and a description of his 
home in the 1885 brick loft building 
on the Bowery that he took over 
from author William Burroughs. I'll 
be glad to email the full article to 
anyone who wants to read more. 

The class lunch is held on 
the second Wednesday of every 
month, in the Grill Room of the 
Columbia University Club of 
New York, 15 W. 43rd St. ($31 per 
person). Email Art Radin if you 
plan to attend, up to the day 
before: aradin@radinglass.com 



Norman Gelfand 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
• nmgc59@gmail.com 

I am sorry to report the death of 
Arthur Irving Newman SEAS'65 
(76), a loving husband, father, 
grandfather and brother, who 
died peacefully, surrounded by 
his family, on September 21,2014, 
in Houston. 

Clive Chajet observes, "It is 
hard to believe that we graduated 
56 years ago. Now we communi¬ 
cate with one another by computer 
(as well as other ways) and travel 
where and when we want to. Let 7 s 
hope our good luck continues and 
we do whatever is necessary to 
keep going this way and help the 
younger generations to be as lucky 
as we are. And by the way I have 
never been a beer drinker." 

David Horowitz wants us to 
know, "I'm a proud Columbia dad 
again as my son, Ben Horowitz '88, 
delivered the graduation speech for 
the Engineering School in May. Not 
so proud of the attempts to censor 
Ovid and other classics at the school 
by the faculty thought police. My 
teachers were such great models 
of what the disinterested pursuit 
of knowledge looks like; I feel very 
sad for the liberal arts undergrads 
today who are generally indoctri¬ 
nated in the latest leftwing fashions 
and will probably never encounter 
a conservative adult in their four 
years at the school. 

"I recently published The Black 
Book of the American Left, Volume TV: 
Islamo-Fascism and the War Against 
the Jews, which I have reasonable 
certainty won't be appearing on 
any Columbia reading lists soon. 

I'm following this publication with 
a mainly unpolitical book that will 
complete a four-volume series of 
meditations on mortality and faith 
which I began with the book called 
The End of Time exactly 10 years ago. 

"The new book is called You're 
Going To Be Dead One Day: A Love 
Story. Its narrative is organized 
around my recovery from a 
botched hip replacement, but its 
real concerns are about the arc of 
our lives. It is a reflection on what 
my publisher called 'the mysteri¬ 
ous rejuvenating power of love,' 
and the bittersweet way in which 
our children reward us while also 
leaving us behind, and how kind¬ 
nesses to others bring blessings 
home. The romance at the center 
of the book is a romance of age 
rather than youth, of achievement 
rather than promises. It was a great 
pleasure for me to write this book, 
and also a therapy." 

John Clubbe GSAS'65 writes, 
"Very sorry to hear about the death 



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of Arthur Irving Newman, who 
was and is a month younger than 
1.1 must be one of the few alumni 
who have come to reunions not so 
much to see old friends as to meet 
those classmates whom I hardly 
knew, being a transfer student 
and having to live at home, three 
subway trains away. Today's kids 
don't know how lucky they are to 
be on campus or nearby. 

"I don't have a great deal to 
report. I'm checking the accuracy 
of quotations in the notes to my 
forthcoming book Beethoven, the 
Relentless Revolutionary, a time- 
consuming activity. I [was sched¬ 
uled to present] a paper, 'Immortal 
Love: Beethoven's Fidelio,' at a 
conference at the Ira F. Brilliant 
Center for Beethoven Studies at 
San Jose State University in July, 
and in October will enjoy a tour of 
Beethoven's Vienna (and environs), 
sponsored by the center." 

From Luis Stephens, "Really 
not much has changed for myself; 
my wife, Karen; and our five chil¬ 
dren since the last Class Note I sent 
in. I still paint — I'm working on 
seven large (5 ft. x 6 ft.) canvases. 


each one representing a day in the 
seven days of creation as described 
in the King James Version of the 
Bible's Old Testament. I'm on day 
three. Karen writes as a fellow in 
SUNY's New York State Writ¬ 
ers Institute, and our daughters, 
Phoebe and Annette, design and 
produce the most kick-ass jewelry 
with their company, Anndra Neen. 
Our youngest, Thomas, plays 
drums for the group Great Caesar 
and also paints; Dustin edits com¬ 
mercials; and Luis Jose does phone 
solicitations. We are a vibrant and 
close-knit family. Still no grand- 
kids, ugh. Best to all classmates." 

Peter Rosenfeld GSAS'61 led a 
symposium at the Association for 
Psychological Science in New York 
on May 22, "Studies of instructed 
memory suppression in concealed 
information tests, with autonomic, 
behavioral, fMRI and brain wave 
responses." Before that, he met 
with the Clive Chajets, the Mike 
Brombergs and the A1 Gelbs for 
dinner at 'Cesca on May 19. 

Ron Sommer writes "I do 
not sit around and drink beer. In 
fact (a shock to my old fraternity 


brothers), I rarely drink any kind 
of alcohol anymore. Have lost 
the taste for practically anything 
except excellent wine. 

"When I am not sitting around 
not drinking, I have been doing 
volunteer development work for a 
wonderful organization, DB Peru. 
This totally volunteer organization 
provides health care education 
and services to 18 isolated indig¬ 
enous villages on the Rfo Napo, a 
branch of the Amazon River. How 
isolated is it, you ask? Well, there 
is no electricity, no telephones, no 
Internet and no television. There 
are no roads into the area and the 
nearest city is a 12-hour trip by boat 
on the two rivers. I am working 
on a community development 
project to improve the nutrition of 
the population. It will consist of an 
11-hectare plot containing coops 
for 400 chickens, a pond to raise 
about 2,500 tilapia per year as well 
as some hydroponic veggies, and a 
huge garden. We already own the 
11 hectares, the coops are built and 
the pond has been dug. Now I need 
to raise $10,000 for pumps, genera¬ 
tors, filters and so on. If anyone 


would like to contribute or to learn 
more, please go to dbperuong.com. 

"In my spare time I tend my own 
garden; walk my dog, Scott; and 
play with my parrots. Sometimes 
I travel to learn more about my 
adopted Peru and its surrounding 
nations. In all, a great retirement." 

Bemie Pucker wants us to 
know, "After 48 years at 171 
Newbury St. in Boston, we have 
moved the entire Pucker Gallery 
(some 5,000 sq. ft.) to 240 Newbury 
St., 3rd FI. The gallery is now all 
on one floor! It is exciting and we 
are enjoying it enormously. It was 
certainly well beyond any expecta¬ 
tions I had at 77. 

"Fortunately our son, Jon, 
spearheaded the entire endeavor: 
design, build-out, planning and 
opening of the new space. Addi¬ 
tionally we had to move more than 
7,000 objects. I would guess that 
some 50 percent of those objects 
were ceramics. It is now all happily 
installed and I do hope that one 
day you will visit. 

"Graduations for us included 
our grandson from Brown and a 
granddaughter from The Com- 


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monwealth School in Boston. She 
will go to Bowdoin for college." 

Allen Rosenshine reports, 
"Having retired from advertising 
at the end of 2006,1 have con¬ 
sulted for various companies and 
have worked with Dean James 
J. Valentini on how Columbia 
College should position itself in 
order to differentiate itself from 
its primary competition — Har¬ 
vard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, 
Chicago and so on. We have 
focused on two distinguishing 
offerings unique to Columbia: the 
Core Curriculum and the New 
York City environment. The dean 
and the powers-that-be seem to 
have accepted this approach. 

"I also worked with the Colum¬ 
bia College Alumni Association on 
its [new] logo and name redesign 
in tine hopes of distinguishing 
it from the Columbia Alumni 
Association, as there seems to 
be confusion between the two 
caused by the similarity of their 
symbols and the typefaces used in 
their names. The new CCAA logo 
features a lion icon and a new font. 
Having served as chair for both 
our 50th and 55th class reunions, 
my late-in-life return to the campus 
has been apparently meaningful 
and personally satisfying." 

S. Sidney Mandel reports, 

"My father recently died at 100, 
and in cleaning out his apartment 
of 47 years I found my yearbook! 

I can look up everyone in our 
class; it is remarkable that so 
many of us survive." 

Patrick Mullins and his daugh¬ 
ter went to Israel with a GOP 
delegation during the spring. 

From Matt Sobel SEAS'60, 
GSAS'64: "Last July I behaved 
as if I heard my biological clock 
ticking, and became an emeritus 
faculty member at Case Western 
Reserve. I sought greater flexibility 
and time for research and writing, 
and the first year of retirement has 
been productive. Several papers 
were submitted for publication, 
a prize was received for the best 
research paper in one of my fields 
(published in 2013) and I became a 
distinguished fellow in one of my 
research societies. Summer 2015 
should [have seen] progress on a 
research monograph. 

"My grandchildren and children 
are thriving and are a continual joy. 
Retirement simplifies visiting them 
in Missouri, Massachusetts and 
New York. I road-bicycle and cross 
country ski; for two months this 
past winter, we cross-country skied 
daily at home or close to it. Last 
summer, my wife and I enjoyed a 
couple of bicycling trips in Canada. 
My retirement gift was a bicycle 
ride in New Mexico from Albuquer¬ 
que to Santa Fe, Taos, Eagle Nest, 
Ojo Caliente, and back to Santa Fe 


and Albuquerque. The scenery was 
spectacular and it was gratifying 
that an old geezer could appreci¬ 
ate it while managing the ride's 
distances, altitudes and climbs. 

Norman Gelfand wants 
everyone to know that his grand¬ 
daughter, Ayala, is adorable and 
an obvious candidate for the 
Class of 2036. 

If you have gotten this far 
you are interested in what your 
classmates are up to. They would 
like to know what you are doing. 
Please send me a note, long or 
short, about your activities and 
with your thoughts. 

Several members of our class 
have informed me of changes in 
their email addresses. I know that 
there must be others for whom I do 
not have the correct email address. 
If you do not hear from me via 
email please send your email 


at our Saturday dinner, to which 
others contributed reminiscences. 
The absence of Richard, who was 
so central to every reunion and 
whose love for and contributions 
to Columbia were carried out in so 
many roles, could not go without 
expansive and affectionate remark. 

The following classmates, and 
wives, were present: Bob Abrams, 
Don Altshuler and Jean, Bob 
Berne and Steffi, Paul Brief and 
Rochelle GSAS'76, Victor Chang, 
Art Delmhorst, Peter Fischbein 
and Susan, Fred Gordon and 
Natalie BC'61, Larry Gould and 
Jane, Mike Hertzberg, Bill Host 
and Marguerite, David Kirk and 
AnnaMaria, Bob Lewis, Harris 
Markhoff and Cookie, G. Juris 
Miller and Linda, Bob Oberhand 
and Alicia, Jim O'Reilly, Tom 
Palmieri, John Pegram, Rene 
Plessner, Steve Reich, Lee Ros- 


Allen Rosenshine '59 helped to redesign the 
Columbia College Alumni Association logo, 
which now features a lion icon and a new font. 


address to me at nmgc59@gmail. 
com. I do not share them with 
anyone, not even Columbia, unless 
I have your explicit permission. 

[Editor's note: If you do wish to 
update any of your contact infor¬ 
mation with Columbia, including 
your email address, please contact 
CCT via email at cct@columbia. 
edu or use our simple webform: 
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Robert A. Machleder 

69-37 Fleet St. 

Forest Hills, NY 11375 
rmachleder@aol.com 

These notes are written in the days 
following our 55th reunion, which 
was a truly splendid event, though 
the numbers in attendance cannot 
compare to the 50th. It is said that 
when the 55th reunion arrives it is 
customarily initiated with an organ 
recital. No, not a performance of 
Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata 
in F Major, or Johann Pachelbel's 
Toccata in E Minor. Rather, a round- 
robin medical report with recita¬ 
tion of the condition of our livers, 
bladders, prostates, pancreases, 
etc.... To be sure, it is undeniable 
that such recitals took place but the 
events that ensued were light¬ 
hearted, joyous and celebratory, 
together with poignant interludes 
when we remembered classmates 
who had passed. 

Particularly significant was the 
eulogy for Richard Friedlander 
delivered by Larry Rubinstein 


ner, Larry Rubinstein and Robin, 
Peter Schweitzer, Bill Seegraber, 
Steve Solender and Elsa, Irwin 
Sollinger and Liz, and Steve 
Wang and Sherry. Inevitably I will 
have omitted a name or two, for 
which I do apologize. Some might 
believe that I did so deliberately 
in order to spark a response and 
avoid an empty column when the 
next CCT publication deadline 
arrives. To borrow the now 
well-known riposte of Francis 
Urquhart, the fictitious member of 
Britain's parliament, "You might 
very well think that; I couldn't 
possibly comment." 

Sam Tolkin GSAPP62 took the 
professional option route in our 
junior year and in 1958 entered the 
Architecture School. After earning 
a bachelor's of architecture he 
earned a master's of architecture in 
urban design from Harvard. Sam 
worked for I. M. Pei & Associates 
and Victor Gruen Associates before 
establishing his independent 
practice in 1974. He continues 
to pursue his more than 50-year 
career as a practicing architect and 
urban planner. Licensed to practice 
in New York, California and Wash¬ 
ington, he maintains his practice in 
Santa Monica, Calif. 

In 2010 Sam was on a National 
Science Foundation panel review¬ 
ing grant proposals for the develop¬ 
ment of revolutionary architectural 
materials and processes with the 
aim of creating buildings with net 
zero energy consumption. 

Aside from private projects, Sam 
is developing a "prefabricated. 



eco-friendly, approaching-net-zero 
system of buildings designed to 
respond to the rising seas that 
threaten so many urban areas." 

Sam has received wide recogni¬ 
tion in the fields of architecture and 
industrial design. Most notably, he 
was nominated for a fellowship 
by the Los Angeles chapter of the 
American Institute of Architects and 
has had his industrial design work 
accepted as part of the permanent 
collection of the Cooper Hewitt, at 
the Smithsonian Design Museum. 

Perhaps Sam's most cherished 
accomplishment is his family. 

"I am truly blessed," he writes, 
"with three children with my 
former wife, Francine, and eight 
grandchildren and one step- 
grandson. My oldest son, Peter 
Tolkin GSAPP'91, followed me into 
architecture. He maintains his own 
practice here in Pasadena, Calif. 
Peter's child, Elias, has dual Swiss 
and American citizenship and 
attends the University of Zurich, 
studying economics. My second 
child, Jonathan, after attending UC 
Berkeley and Loyola Law, became 
a successful developer, also in 
Pasadena. His oldest daughter. 
Porter, recently graduated from 
the University of San Diego with a 
major in communications and her 
younger sister. Storey, will major 
in business at USC. My daughter 
lives in Ashland, Ore., and has 
made a successful life raising four 
of my grandchildren, three boys 
and a girl. As of September, two 
of her older children, Riley and 
Jackson Richmond, will attend Yale 
as undergraduates. The others are 
in high school." 

Sam looks forward to connect¬ 
ing with classmates, "few of whom 
I have heard from in many years." 

Congratulations to Alan 
Ashare, who, on April 30, received 
an award from the Massachusetts 
Medical Society in recognition of 
his dedicated service as chair of the 
committee on student sports. Alan 
is a professor at Tufts University 
School of Medicine and chair of 
the nuclear medicine department 
at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in 
Boston/ Cambridge. 

My thanks to Vince Russo 
for bringing this accolade to our 
attention. Vince and Alan were 
formidable masters of the sabre on 
the Columbia fencing team. 

Paul Nagano, having departed 
the mainland for Hawaii, has 
readjusted to the island of his roots. 
He writes, "You may think I've 
fallen off the face of the Northeast, 
and of course I have, but I've 
landed on my feet in the mid- 
Pacific where, after five months of 
settling in and acclimating myself 
to my new (old) surroundings, I 
have been able to do some work in 
my workable studio." 


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Before departing for his annual 
sojourn in Bali, Paul completed 
three marvelous watercolors: 

Stow Lake Idyll, which was done 
as a commission; Stone Bridge and 
Turtles; and 7 Mynahs in the Garden 
ofjakuan. I hope by the time this 
issue reaches you Paul will have 
added these works to his online 
photographic collection, which you 
can access and enjoy at flickr.com/ 
photos / PTNAGANO. 

To all: Be well. If you are unable 
to make our first Thursday of the 
month class lunches at the Colum¬ 
bia University Club of New York, 
make a plan to attend our 60th 
reunion in 2020. 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26i0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 



Michael Hausig 

19418 Encino Summit 
San Antonio, TX 78259 


mhausig@yahoo.com 


Bob Salman taught a course on 
great trials at Brookdale Com¬ 
munity College this past summer. 

It covered the Scopes, Nuremberg 
and O.J. Simpson trials as well as 
the Clinton impeachment trial. 

Bob continues to serve on the New 
Jersey Democratic State Commit¬ 
tee, now for his 15th consecutive 
year, and he and his wife, Reva, 
celebrated their 52nd anniversary 
in June. Bob also chaired three 
Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority (FINRA) arbitrations, 
which concluded this past summer. 

Stuart Sloame and his wife 
lived temporarily in Hollywood 
beginning in November 2014 to be 
near their daughter, Joanna Sloame 
'09, and managed to avoid the 
horrible East Coast winter. They 
are contemplating a permanent 
move to "LALA" land and would 
welcome hearing from classmates 
living in California; Stu can be 
reached at s.sloame @starpower. 
net. He and Tom Lippman play 
golf regularly in Washington, D.C. 

Doug McCorkindale, having 
passed the magic retirement age 
of 75, left the boards of Prudential 
Financial (28 years) and Lockheed 
Martin (15 years), where he was 
the lead director. 

During a conversation with a 
U.S. senator, Doug mentioned he 
was leaving the Lockheed board 
because people older than 75 
apparently cannot think anymore. 
After a long pause, the senator 
announced he disagreed with that 
theory because he was 81! 


Gerry Brodeur is recovering 
nicely from having his cancerous 
right kidney removed. The surgery 
removed all of the tumor and he 
did not need chemotherapy or radi¬ 
ation. He is back to golfing twice a 
week after a five-month layoff. 

Joel Pitt and his wife spent two 
months in Asia — six weeks teach¬ 
ing calculus at Soochow Univer¬ 
sity in Suzhou, China, followed 
by two weeks of travel in Japan 
(Tokyo, the Izu peninsula, Kyoto). 
They are busy packing up their 
house in Princeton, N.J., in hopes 
of renting it out for one year, 
starting in September, so they can 
spend a year traveling. They plan 
to drive across the country, spend 
the first two weeks of October in 
California and then fly to China to 
teach for eight weeks at Soochow. 
Joel's wife will teach English while 
he teaches linear algebra and 
differential equations. When the 
eight weeks in Suzhou concludes, 
they plan to spend several months 
exploring Vietnam, Cambodia, 
Thailand and India, with the rest 
of the year undecided. 

David Konstan's new book. 
Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient 
Greek Idea, was released in January. 
Search for it on Amazon, or Google 
the title for a preview. 

Ted Stanley received the 2014 
Willem J. Kolff Lifetime Achieve¬ 
ment Award last October at the 
BioUtah annual Utah Life Science 
Summit. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) 
and Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) 
presented the award. 

Phil Cottone was appointed by 
FINRA to a national task force of 
13, charged with taking a compre¬ 
hensive look at FINRA ADR (arbi¬ 
tration and mediation) to improve 
how the forum handles disputes 
between investors and brokers. 

Phil also reports that he and his 
wife, Maureen, were invited to 
visit Vietnam and Thailand for two 
weeks as part of an eight-person 
American Bar Association delega¬ 
tion to discuss and teach arbitra¬ 
tion and mediation to the judiciary 
in both countries. 

Maureen and Phil are still 
active tennis players, and Phil 
plays golf as well. Maureen is also 
an avid bridge player but Phil 
is saving that for his retirement, 
if that ever happens! Phil is a 
full-time arbitrator and media¬ 
tor for FINRA and the American 
Arbitration Association with a 
commercial practice specializing 
in real estate and securities. 

They have 11 grandchildren, 
ranging in age from 13 to 29. 

Three have graduated from col¬ 
lege, three are in college and one 
is in high school. Their first great- 
grandson was bom in February. 
Grandson Ryan Cottone '15 is the 
third generation of Cottones to 


graduate from the College, along 
with our Phil, and Ryan's uncle, 
Anthony Cottone '80. 

Fred Toborg TC'69 wrote he 
made it through Columbia, served 
two years on the U.S.S. Boxer after 
NROTC, worked in the psych lab 
at Columbia under Dr. Herbert 
Terrace and earned a master's in 
phys. ed from Teachers College. 

He married in 1969 and has two 
children. His daughter went to the 
School of Nursing and is a nurse 
practitioner in Vermont with two 
sons of her own. Their son went to 
Lehigh and is an engineer in Stutt¬ 
gart, Germany, where he works 
on diesel and gasoline systems 
in automobiles. He married last 
September and is expecting a child 
this October. 

Fred retired in 2002 after 30 years 
at Trinity School in Manhattan 
coaching soccer and playing with 
kids. He lives in Broad Channel, 
Queens, adjacent to a salt marsh 
and a wildlife refuge. Hurricane 
Sandy put 4 ft. of water through 
his first floor, taking out appliances 
and the heating system. While in 
the midst of the shock of cleanup, 
people descended on them to 
help. Through Trinity connections, 
former students helped put some 
order into the chaos of their house 
and the head of the Trinity Alumni 
Association, who owned a construc¬ 
tion company, offered to reconstruct 
their house pro bono. After four 
months on tire road staying with 
friends and relatives up and down 
the East Coast, they returned to 
a functioning house. All is well; 
Thanksgiving and Christmas meant 
so much more in 2013. 

Arnold Klipstein, in "retire¬ 
ment" after 41 years of private 
practice in gastroenterology, prac¬ 
tices through an agency that placed 
him in Spokane, Wash., in 2012. 

He works two weeks a month, no 
holidays, and takes the summer 
off. He enjoys the lack of pressure 
of paying office bills and dealing 
with office problems. He has an 
inward sense of satisfaction from 
caring for others, he says. 

Arnold has two children and 
four grandchildren; the oldest 
grandchild is in college. He is shar¬ 
ing his later years with his fiancee, 
Bonnie, who brings sunshine to his 
life. Practicing medicine was hard 
work and demanded a lot of time; 
now he practices because he loves 
doing what he does. He says he 
hopes life continues as it is. 

Andy Levine and his wife, Toby, 
have been living full-time in the 
Berkshires, in Massachusetts, since 
he retired from Compaq Computer 
(formerly Digital Equipment, now 
Hewlett-Packard) in 2001. They say 
they love it there except for the win¬ 
ter, so they purchased a condo in 
Bonita Springs, Fla., about 20 miles 


south of Fort Meyers. Andy and 
Toby predicted many years ago that 
they would never spend winters in 
Florida, so they have rationalized 
that the purchase is for their Welsh 
springer spaniel, Rufus, who will 
accompany them in their new dog- 
friendly community. Before long, 
they may even become Florida 
residents. They remain snowbirds 
for the foreseeable future. 

Charles Wuorinen received both 
a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur 
"genius" grant for his contempo¬ 
rary classical music compositions. 
He has written more than 260 
works, including an opera, Haroun 
and the Sea of Stories, which pre¬ 
miered at the New York City Opera 
in 2004. The work was immediately 
hailed for its score and as a singu¬ 
larly apt musical response to the 
novel by Salman Rushdie on which 
the opera was based. 

Charles returned to the opera 
stage in 2014 with a new work, 
Brokeback Mountain. Charles said 
when he saw the film of the same 
name he knew there was operatic 
material at hand. Upon reading the 
original novel, he was astonished 
at the differences between the 
story and the film. To his great joy, 
Annie Proulx, the author, agreed to 
write the libretto for his proposed 
opera. He informed her that his 
mission was to restore the meaning 
of a story that may have become 
famous but has been hidden in the 
process. Renowned Belgian opera 
director Gerard Mortier became 
aware of Charles' interest in the 
story and commissioned the work 
for the Teatro Real in Madrid, 
where it premiered in January 2014. 

Bob Pollack and his wife, Amy, 
have collaborated on many projects 
during their 53-year marriage. 

Amy, an artist, has often provided 
the frontispieces for Bob's books. 
Bob, a professor of biological 
sciences who leads the Center for 
the Study of Science and Religion 
and was dean of the College from 


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CLASS NOTES 



1982 to 1989, has often used Amy's 
drawings for his Frontiers of 
Science course as part of the Core 
Curriculum. When Bob was asked 
to provide a companion text for 
a required course on Darwin for 
freshmen at the Stevens Institute 
of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., 
he selected Amy to provide the 
sketches. The joint project, The 
Course of Nature: A Book of Draw¬ 
ings on Natural Selection and Its 
Consequences, tackles big questions 
in a 113-page volume. Bob came 
up with the idea for the book when 
the dean of the College of Arts and 
Letters at Stevens asked him to 
prepare a text that could reach first- 
year students who do not intend to 
pursue a scientific career, and for 
whom traditional lectures and data- 
filled PowerPoints do not work. 

Tom Gochberg reminds every¬ 
one of the monthly class luncheon 
in New York City, held at his office 
at 650 Fifth Ave. The group meets 
monthly except during August. 

If you plan to be in New York, 
please contact Tony Adler at 
awadler@spartacommercial.com 
for the schedule. 

In March, Burtt Erlich was 
diagnosed with a malignant brain 
tumor. It was removed success¬ 
fully at NewYork-Presbyterian 
Hospital/Columbia Univer¬ 
sity Medical Center and Burtt 
underwent chemo and radiation 
therapies as well as physical 
therapy. He returned home in 
April and continued radiation 
treatments and physical and 
occupational therapy. At the time 
of this update, Burtt was working 
diligently to regain his health. His 
speech was clear, his humor and 
sharp wit were back and he was 
physically much improved. 

Allen Lowrie's wife of 29 years, 
Mildred, passed away on October 
30,2014, after a long struggle with 
cancer. A1 wrote that her passing 
ended a brutal several years' — 
and certainly last few months' 

— battle. He is grateful that the 
"war" ended and the pain and hurt 
stopped. Allen hopes to continue 


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his work as an oceanographer and 
carry on one step at a time. He 
lives in Picayune, Miss. 

Ed Kaplan reported that George 
M. "Judd" Perry passed away on 
April 18,2015. George was a resi¬ 
dent of Pacific Grove, Calif. While 
visiting in Carmel, Calif., several 
years ago, Ed and his wife, Phyllis, 
spent time with George and his 
wife, Sharon. George was enjoying 
his retirement, was active in vari¬ 
ous civic activities and remained 
the jovial, intelligent and generally 
great individual he was. 

John Wall passed away on 
April 29,2015, from cardiac arrest. 
He is survived by his wife, Dona- 
lyn, and daughter, Jennifer, a long¬ 
time resident of Enfield, Conn. John 
was a lifetime employee of Aetna 
Casualty & Surety, retiring in 1996 
as director of property underwrit¬ 
ing/marketing of national commer¬ 
cial accounts. He was a longtime 
sailor and racer on the Long Island 
Sound, an ardent golfer, a fervent 
University of Connecticut Huskies 
basketball fan (men and women) 
and a supporter of Greater Hartford 
Pro-Am basketball. At one time 
he was a serious jewelry designer 
and maker. In retirement John 
became an avid gardener, traveled 
extensively with Donalyn and was 
a volunteer cook at Loaves & Fishes 
soup kitchen. 


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John Freidin 

654 E. Munger St. 
Middlebury, VT 05753 


jf@bicyclevt.com 


At the end of May, I had a delight¬ 
ful visit with Allen Young at the 
marvelous home he and friends 
built 41 years ago in Royalston, 
Mass. Allen's octagonal home 
stands far down an unpaved road 
in the midst of soaring trees. He 
has created a rich life there; he is 
deeply rooted in his community 
and continues writing. He's at 
work on a memoir, requested by 
his publisher. He, my sweetheart, 
Kathryn Thompson, and I talked 
about the past and future as we 
sat in a breezy, screened gazebo 
perched on a broad wooden deck. 
On our way out, Kathryn and I 
startled a magnificent mama black 
bear and three spritely cubs. 

To commemorate his 75th birth¬ 
day, Neilson Abeel signed on for 
six days of ocean racing around the 
buoys at the 2015 Antigua Qassic 
Yacht Regatta (April 15-21). He 
was aboard the John Alden 52-ft. 
schooner. Heron, built by its owner/ 
skipper in 2003 to a 1927 design. 

Heron was based in Falmouth 
Harbor, Antigua, and each day 
the 24-mile races were held in the 
Atlantic Ocean. Neilson writes: 

"Heron was third in its class of 


'classic designs recently built.' We 
raced against Juno, a 65-ft. Benjamin 
design, and a 130-ft. Herreshoff 
schooner, Elena. We had 15-20 mph 
winds and 8-12 ft. swells. More 
than 60 classic yachts participated. 
The largest was well over 130 ft.; 
the smallest, a British Folkboat, was 
22 ft. It was some of the best sailing 
I've had in 65 years of experience. In 
19601 was a member of the Colum¬ 
bia team that competed in 44-ft. 
Luders yawls for the intercollegiate 
McMillian Cup (now Kennedy 
Cup) at the United States Naval 
Academy in Annapolis, Md." 

Anthony Valerio's new video 
about writing and the writer's life 
is out. It is designed to improve/ 
sustain viewers' writing skills and 
to describe what a professional 
writer's life is like. Anthony says, 

"I must say I'm pleased with it. 
Covers pretty much what I wished 
to share." The link is udemy.com/ 
learn-from-the-masters-anthony- 
valerio-on-writing / ?instructorPrev 
iewMode=guest. 

On April 16, The New York Times 
published the following Letter to 
the Editor from Jeffrey Milstein, 
of Burke, Va., who was a strategic 
and policy planner in the State 
and Defense Departments and 
was an assistant professor of 
political science and international 
relations at Yale. 

"Honoring Russia's War 
Dead — To the Editor: Re 'Czech 
Republic: President to Skip Parade 
in Moscow' (World Briefing, 

April 11): The United States gov¬ 
ernment and our European allies 
have been imposing economic 
sanctions and diplomatic isolation 
on Russia's president, Vladimir V. 
Putin, in an effort to dissuade him 
from further military involvement 
in the conflict in Ukraine and for 
his annexation of Crimea. This dip¬ 
lomatic effort apparently includes 
a planned boycott of the military 
parade in Moscow on May 9. 

"On that Victory Day, Rus¬ 
sians will commemorate the 70th 
anniversary of the 1945 surrender 
of Nazi Germany and the Allied 
victory in Europe in World War II. 
The Soviet people paid a terrible 
price for that victory: more than 
20 million total deaths, including 
more than 8 million military deaths 
— a majority of all Allied deaths in 
the European theater of war. 

"To pay due respect to the few 
surviving war veterans, and to 
honor that great sacrifice of the 
Russian people to our shared 
historic cause. President Obama 
himself should be present in Mos¬ 
cow on Victory Day, but not attend 
the parade's show of military force. 
Instead, he should lay a commem¬ 
orative wreath at the Tomb of the 
Unknown Soldier, a place sacred to 
the Russian people. That would be 


an act of statesmanship worthy of 
a Nobel Peace Prize winner." 


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Paul Neshamkin 

1015 Washington St., 
Apt. 50 

Hoboken, NJ 07030 


pauln@helpauthors.com 


A strong contingent of '63ers joined 
me for the 12th annual Alumni 
Parade of Classes on Class Day 
in May. Henry Black, Doron 
Gopstein, Lee Lowenfish, Robert 
Podell and yours truly carried the 
class banner. Dean's Day also saw 
several of your classmates enjoying 
the barbecue lunch, attending the 
Mini-Core Classes and mixing 
with the reunion classes. Next year 
we hope to have a large turnout, 
to have an event just for our class 
and to turn this day into an annual 
tradition. I welcome your ideas to 
improve our class participation. 

Chappelle Freeman writes, "I 
retired from the Cinema Art + Sci¬ 
ence department here at Columbia 
College Chicago in January, having 
taught for more than 40 years. The 
college is making me emeritus 
professor of film and video, which 
pleased me a lot. Among other 
small perks, the position gives me 
the right to retain my Columbia 
email address to the end of my 
days. This is lucky, as the address is 
lodged with schools of cinema pro¬ 
duction around the world through 
my travel the last nine years on fire 
executive committee of CILECT, 
the world organization of film and 
TV schools. 

"My first project in retire¬ 
ment is a trip to Los Angeles to 
appear in a short film one of my 
former grad students is produc¬ 
ing. It's based on my memory of 
something that happened to me 
during the 1961 holiday season 
on the subway in Manhattan. 

"Next up will be an appearance 
on a panel at the University Film 
and Video Association conference 
in Washington, D.C., critiquing 
'truthiness' in current Hollywood 
movies. My part of that will be 
based directly on what Professor 
George Nobbe taught us in 1963 in 
his seminar on the invention of the 
novel in 18th-century England. 

"So I guess you could say the 
years we shared as Columbia 
undergraduates are coming back to 
fetch me in my retirement." 

Bernie Kabak writes, "Just as 
I began writing this note with 
WNYC playing in the back¬ 
ground, Eric Foner GSAS'69 
came on The Leonard Lopate Show 
to discuss his new book about the 
Underground Railroad, Gateway 
to Freedom: The Hidden History of 
the Underground Railroad. 

Congrats, Eric! 


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"By happy coincidence, my note 
also has as its subject freedom in the 
context of African-American history. 

"Two miles south of alma mater 
sits Freedom Place. It's a street 
named after Freedom Summer, the 
1964 campaign to boost voter regis¬ 
tration among Mississippi's African- 
American citizens. Freedom Place 
also honors James Chaney, Andrew 
Goodman and Michael Schwemer, 
Freedom Summer activists who 
were murdered by the Klan. 

"It happens that the Lincoln 
Square Synagogue is a neighbor to 
Freedom Place and that the mar¬ 
tyred Andrew Goodman grew up 
nearby. Spurred by these local ties, 
the synagogue marked the 50th 
anniversary of Freedom Summer 
in 2014 with a commemoration, 
which I was honored to chair. 

"Freedom Summer saw Ameri¬ 
ca's blacks and Jews, perhaps more 
than at any time before or since, 
standing shoulder to shoulder 
in the fight for liberty and justice 
for all. To recall that relationship, 
the synagogue invited Harlem's 
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ 
to co-sponsor the event, held in the 
synagogue's sanctuary. Speakers 
included synagogue and church 
clergy as well as the political lead¬ 
ers Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) 
and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.). 
But the most poignant speakers 
were the Rev. Julia Chaney Moss, 
David Goodman and Steven Schw¬ 
emer, siblings of the slain activists. 

"In one respect, the commemora¬ 
tion was a celebration as much as it 
was a memorial. In 1964, the num¬ 
ber of African-Americans registered 
to vote in Mississippi numbered in 
the mere thousands; now Missis¬ 
sippi has more African-American 
elected officials than any other state. 
Yet today the voting-rights legacy 
left by Chaney, Goodman and 
Schwemer is being whittled away. 
All good people are called on to 
carry their legacy forward." 

Ken Ostberg writes, "I read 
your email asking for news as my 
wife, Andi, and I were winging 
our way home from three weeks in 
Vietnam, Cambodia and Singa¬ 
pore. Some 25 years ago, when our 
daughters were 3 and 5, we hosted 
a Vietnamese refugee in our home 
for one year while she learned 
English and prepared for a life 
in the United States. That was an 
extraordinary experience and we 
all learned a great deal from our 
time together. It also resulted in a 
lifelong friendship between our 
families and we remain close. 

"Several of her family members 
remain in Vietnam and we've 
had a standing invitation to visit, 
which we recently did. We were 
feted and treated like royalty for a 
week, explored Saigon thoroughly 
and traveled to the Mekong Delta 


region. (While Saigon is now, offi¬ 
cially, Ho Chi Minh City, apparently 
the government doesn't try to force 
the name change on the people.) 

"We took a bus trip to Phnom 
Penh, Cambodia, and another bus 
to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat, 
an outstanding experience. We 
concluded in Singapore, a wonder¬ 
fully modern, international, multi¬ 
cultural and beautiful city. 

"After three journeys to Asia, 

I'm in thrall with the region's 
varied histories and cultures and 
want to continue traveling there. 
Our next ventures will probably 
be to Seattle, where our younger 
daughter lives, followed by my 
annual visit to my favorite city in 
North America: Toronto. We'll then 
probably venture to Malta and 
then on to Istanbul. If possible. I'll 
be back in South Asia in the winter. 


"We're very active with several 
local volunteer groups, support¬ 
ing Planned Parenthood, Habitat 
for Humanity, the UNC School of 
the Arts and, of course, the local 
Democratic Party as we try to 
move the state back into the 21st 
century. Andi is also busy with 
her art; she exhibits regularly at 
local shows and occasionally sells 
a piece. Altogether, we're as busy 
now as when we worked, and 
that's a good thing." 

John Moorhead writes, "A few 
days after I graduated from Colum¬ 
bia, I married Barbara Wendy 
Tonkin, and it was one of the best 
decisions of my life. After teaching 
high school for a couple of years, I 
served as an air intelligence officer 
in a Navy fighter squadron in 
two cruises to the Mediterranean. 
Wendy met me at some of the ports 
(Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul and 
the islands of Malta and Majorca). 

It was a great adventure. 

"As my career began to come 
into focus, I worked on the staffs 
of two newspapers, the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch and The Christian 
Science Monitor. With Richard 
Combs LS'65,1 started a business 
research company in Chicago. We 
retrieved and assembled informa¬ 
tion from the Internet before the 
invention of the worldwide web. 
The business was a success and 
we co-authored a book. The Com¬ 
petitive Intelligence Handbook. My 
last work before retirement was 
advocacy to members of the West 
Virginia Legislature. 

Michael Hassan sent in a sum¬ 
mary of his life after following 


investment strategy from Morgan 
Stanley. (Bottom line, he figured he 
could do better than their advice 
by following his own, and has.) 

Nicholas Zill's study. Red State 
Families: Better Than We Knew, 
which he wrote with W. Bradford 
Wilcox, was discussed in "The 
Upshot" section of The New York 
Times on June 11. Nick continues 
to write political humor and has 
posted a new animated musical 
video on YouTube, "Republicans' 
Best in Show." He wrote the music 
and lyrics. You can subscribe to 
the YouTube channel "City In A 
Swamp" to see more of his work. 

Victor Margolin writes, "About 
eight years ago I retired from the 
University of Illinois at Chicago, 
where I was professor of design 
history, and I am now professor 
emeritus. I recently published the 


first two volumes of my three-vol¬ 
ume World History of Design and am 
working now on the final volume 
(see Summer 2015 "Bookshelf"). 

"I have been working on these 
books for about 15 years; they 
are the first true world design 
history books that cover all parts 
of the world since the beginning 
of culture to the end of WWII. 

I am the recipient of a Lifetime 
Achievement Award for design 
research, given by Cumulus 
(the international association of 
schools of design) and the Design 
Research Society. I've also been 
traveling a bit for lectures and with 
my wife for holidays. We took a 
lovely Danube cruise last October, 
visiting lots of places in Eastern 
and Central Europe — Belgrade, 
Serbia; Bucharest, Romania; and 
Budapest, Hungary, among them. 
We have plans to go on a tour of 
Southern Africa in December, and I 
will go to South Korea and maybe 
China for conferences in October. 

I continue to reflect on how my 
liberal arts education at Columbia 
prepared me to enter a new field 
and make my way in it." 

Brook Zem reports, "In fresh¬ 
man humanities I read about an 
old man who insisted he was a 
Spanish knight. That same year, 

I commandeered the flamenco 
guitar that my Pennsylvania Dutch 
father had been playing since I was 
5 (usually while I was trying to 
sleep) and began playing it in New 
Hall (usually while my roommates 
were trying to sleep). I also started 
learning about the whole baffling 
flamenco guitar art form and 


haranguing hapless bystanders 
about its wonders. 

"In 2008,1 got a letter insist¬ 
ing that I was a Spanish knight, 
because King Juan Carlos had 
dubbed me one for the dissemina¬ 
tion of Spanish culture in the New 
World. When I finally discovered 
it wasn't a hoax, I rushed to the 
Spanish Embassy in time to receive 
the Officer's Cross of the Order of 
Isabella the Catholic — an exceed¬ 
ingly rare honor and the first 
time it had been given for using 
flamenco song, dance and guitar 
to illuminate Spain's arts, customs 
and character. 

"In smoky bars of Seville, Gypsy 
caves of Granada and hidden 
haunts of Jerez, I've listened, 
recorded and learned from now¬ 
legendary singers and guitarists. 

I blew my Time Inc. 401(k) to 
unearth and preserve priceless 
Spanish documentary films for the 
flamenco collection at Columbia's 
Center for Ethnomusicology. I 
wrote the U.S. section of the inter¬ 
national petition to have UNESCO 
declare flamenco an Intangible 
Patrimony of Mankind, a status 
granted in 2010. After the 2014 
death of guitarist Paco de Lucfa, I 
petitioned the Spanish government 
to issue a stamp honoring his life 
and work — an effort the petition 
committee rammed through in just 
eight weeks. After 55 years of prac¬ 
tice, I can play much of his amazing 
music and that of preceding giants 
of the art, sometimes fairly well. 

"My website. The Flamenco 
Experience (flamencoexperience. 
com), has 1,800 pages of infor¬ 
mation, opinion, translations, 
news and a bio/CV. I see myself 
as a one-man flamenco studies 
department patiently waiting for 
that discipline to be recognized; 
meanwhile I'm seeking lecture gigs 
and writing the book on the art's 
history, aesthetics and changing 
social context. 

"My wife, Kristin, and I live on 
Martha's Vineyard, where we met 
in 1957 and where we're near our 
daughters, Francesca and Jennifer. 
Sometimes on the Butler Library 
steps, just as in my Columbia days, 
I play the flamenco of the revered 
masters to the same delight of little 
dancing kids and the same indif¬ 
ference or mild annoyance of the 
passing intelligentsia." 

Dr. Robert Morantz has been 
named the 2015 recipient of 
the Greater Naples Leadership 
Distinguished Leadership Award. 
He was honored at a celebration 
dinner on April 2. 

I hope that many of you will 
return for Homecoming on 
Saturday, October 17. We have a 
new football coach, A1 Bagnoli. 
The game is against Penn, and we 
are going to win. It should be a 


Ken Ostberg '63 and his wife spent three weeks 
traveling in Southeast Asia, visiting Vietnam, 
Cambodia and Singapore. 


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helluva day. Come up to Robert 
K. Kraft Field and join your 
classmates at the Big Tent. We will 
have our own table. 

Our class lunches at NYC's 
Columbia University Club of New 
York are a great place to reconnect; 
the next lunches are scheduled for 
October 8, November 12 and De¬ 
cember 10 — it's always the second 
Thursday. In the meantime, let us 
know what you are up to, how 
you're doing and what's next. 


Norman Olch 

233 Broadway 
New York, NY 10279 
norman@nolch.com 

I am writing these Class Notes in 
July, as temperatures hit 90 and the 
humidity percentage must be close 
to that. 

You are never too old to learn, as 
Dan Press writes from Washing¬ 
ton, D.C.: "Taking a mini-Lit Hum 
course by Skype — we may be 50 
years out but we are on the cutting 
edge of educational technology. 
This past spring, seven members 
of CC'64 living in the Washington, 
D.C., area piloted a combina¬ 
tion of traditional and high-tech 
approaches for alumni to continue 
their Columbia education, even if 
they do not live in New York City 
(where Columbia regularly offers 
short courses for alumni). Lew 
Cohen, Clark Hoyt, David Levine, 
Gene Meyer, Barry Shapiro, 

Peter Trooboff and I (joined by 
Elliot Wolff '65 and Lew's wife, 
Monique) worked with the Alumni 
Office to organize a three-book, 
mini-Lit Hum course. 

"After an initial face-to-face 
session with the professor, Patricia 
Grieve, the Nancy and Jeffrey Mar¬ 
cus Professor in the Humanities, in 
the Department of Latin American 
and Iberian Cultures (Grieve is also 
former chair of Literature Humani¬ 
ties), we gathered regularly in a 
D.C. conference room to interact 
with her over Skype. 

"After conscientiously read¬ 
ing the assigned text, we came 
together one Tuesday a month 
during March, April and May to 
discuss in succession Oedipus Rex, 
Inferno and King Lear. Tuition was 
low by today's standards — $150 
for the three classes. For the first 
session. Professor Grieve joined 
us at Peter's house to give us 
an opportunity to get to know 
one another and to establish the 
rhythm and format of the sessions. 
For the second and third classes, 
we gathered in a conference room 
at my law firm and joined Profes¬ 
sor Grieve by Skype. We found 
both approaches successful with 
little difference between them, 
though in general we thought that 


the initial face-to-face session was 
critical to the overall effectiveness 
of the subsequent Skype classes. 

"In both, we quickly got the 
rust off our 50-year-old skills of 
participating in class discussions 
and dove into the readings, helped 
by questions Professor Grieve had 
emailed us in advance of each 
class. The discussions were vibrant, 
insightful and regularly reflected 
the ways our minds had been 
shaped (or bent) by living in Wash¬ 
ington, D.C. Everyone considered 
it a valuable and enjoyable experi¬ 
ence, and everyone received an A. 

"As stated by David Levine: 

'It was a true delight again to be 
reading in the focused, careful, 
text-based manner we'd learned 
in Humanities. The experience 
was quite rich, and there was 
a special added value from the 
50-year-later different perspectives 
we each brought.' 

"We are now working with 
the Alumni Office and Professor 
Grieve to schedule a second Mini- 
Core Course for the fall, with the 
readings to be jointly selected by 
Professor Grieve and us. We invite 
other members of CC'64 in the 
D.C. area to join us for this second 
installment." 

Dan Nussbaum wrote in July 
from Pebble Beach, Calif. "I have 
yet to hang up my professor's 
hat; I'm running interdisciplin¬ 
ary programs in energy and 
in-cost estimating. The last 90 
days were almost a continuous 
period of work-related travel — 
Ottawa; Munich; Sofia, Bulgaria; 
Bucharest; Washington, D.C.; San 
Diego; and Honolulu — but now 
that's done, and stability will be 
easier to maintain. Funny how 
everyone cares about energy and 
in-cost estimating." 

Dan and his wife, Bev, paid a visit 
to Jeff Sol and his wife in Kailua, 
Hawaii. At reunion, Dan renewed 
his friendship with fraternity 
brother Larry Kuznetz SEAS'64 
and discovered that Larry, too, lives 
in California, and he visited Larry at 
his home in Berkeley Hills. 

Barry Bley writes from the 
Denver suburbs (where he has 
lived for almost 20 years): "This fall 
will be the 40th anniversary of my 
work interviewing applicants for 
admission to the College. Since my 
retirement from the Denver Public 
Schools in 2008, this has been a way 
of keeping my hand in with young 
people. It has been my good fortune 
to have met with hundreds of the 
best and brightest and to know 
they will obtain excellent educa¬ 
tions, whether that be at Columbia 
or elsewhere. I give a special salute 
to one of my former students and 
now fellow alum, Eric Ndikumana 
'12, PH'14, who is at Dartmouth's 
Geisel School of Medicine." 


On July 16 The New York Times 
gave a glowing review to The 
Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected 
Essays of Max Beerbohm, edited by 

Phil Lopate. 

After the untimely death of Alan 
Willen a few years after gradua¬ 
tion, class members established 
the annual Alan J. Willen Memo¬ 
rial Prize in his honor, which is 
awarded for the "best seminar 
paper on a contemporary American 
political problem." This year the 
prize was given to Hahn Chang '15 
for his paper "The Path Towards 
Smarter Government: An Analysis 
of State Government Information 
Technology Capabilities." 

By the time this appears in CCT, 
fall will have arrived. I hope all of 
you and your loved ones had a fun 
and safe summer. The informal 
class lunch at the Columbia 
University Club of New York will 
resume on the second Thursday 
of each month. Contact me if you 
wish to attend. I hope to see many 
of you there. 


Leonard B. Pack 

924 West End Ave. 

New York, NY 10025 
packlb@aol.com 

As I write this in June, our 50th 
reunion — the Big One! — was a 
little more than two weeks ago. 
Feedback from attendees was 
overwhelmingly positive, and the 
reunion was an outstanding success. 

Thanks to our Reunion Commit¬ 
tee (Mike Cook, Bob Kronley and 
Leonard Pack) and the partici¬ 
pants, we had three outstanding 
events presented by classmates for 
classmates, and they were enthusi¬ 
astically received, as you will read 
about. The College, as usual, also 
put on a full program of activities, 
including the Dean's Day lectures 
with prominent Columbia profes¬ 
sors. Here's a recap: 

On Thursday, May 28, we had 
a Class of 1965 picnic in a tent on 
South Lawn. That evening, we 
had a class reception hosted by 
Roberta and Mike Cook at Mike's 
law firm, Schulte Roth & Zabel, 
where (with the help of a full bar 
and nametags) we figured out 
who we were and reconnected. 

On Friday, May 29, we enjoyed 
a class-specific Hudson River 
cruise in perfect weather. Later that 
afternoon, our first class-specific 
panel discussion took place at the 
historic Metropolitan Club of New 
York. Bob Kronley moderated on 
the subject "Where Is the World 
Economy Headed and Can We Do 
Better?," presented by a distin¬ 
guished panel of economic experts: 
Barry Herman, a career UN 
economics professional working 
on international development and 


now teaching at The New School; 
Steve Merrill, longtime executive 
director of the National Academies 
of Sciences, Engineering and Medi¬ 
cine's Board on Science, Technol¬ 
ogy and Economic Policy and now 
the executive director of Duke's 
Center for Innovation Policy; and, 
stepping in at the last minute for 
Jeff Bell, who was indisposed. Jay 
Woodworth BUS'67, an economics 
consultant who worked at the Trea¬ 
sury Department and for many 
years in the banking industry 
before setting up his own economic 
consulting business. 

Economics may be "the dismal 
science" but the panel was stimu¬ 
lating if somewhat sobering — my 
takeaway is that, as a whole, the 
panelists were not optimistic about 
the future, whether economically 
or environmentally. 

We then proceeded to a mag¬ 
nificent room at the Metropolitan 
Club for a class reception, gener¬ 
ously hosted by our fundraising 
chairs, Larry Guido and Jay 
Woodworth. We heard Larry's 
and Jay's exhortations for the 
Columbia College Fund and some 
remarks about the College today 
from Dean James J. Valentini. 

On Saturday, our class had its 
own luncheon in the Kellogg Center 
on the 15th floor of SIPA, where we 
had our second class-specific panel, 
this one titled "Current Issues in 
Psychiatry of Interest to People 
in Their 70s." The panelists were 
Alan Green, chair of the psychiatry 
department at the Geisel School 
of Medicine at Dartmouth; Tom 
Gualtieri, medical director of the 
North Carolina Neuropsychiatry 
clinics in Chapel Hill and Charlotte, 
N.C.; Eric Marcus PS'87, director 
of the Columbia University Center 
for Psychoanalytic Training and 
Research; and Dennis Selkoe, the 
Vincent and Stella Coates Professor 
of Neurological Diseases at Harvard 
Medical School and the co-director 
of The Ann Romney Center for 
Neurologic Diseases at Brigham 
and Women's Hospital. Few other 
groups could make the topic of 
dementia as entertaining as they 
did, and there was a lot of optimism 
about treatments in the pipeline 
for preserving cognitive ability and 
emotional stability as we age. 

On Saturday evening, we had 
the class reception and dinner 
in the beautiful II Teatro in Casa 
Italiana (see the class photo 
here: college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/ summerl5/webexclusive/ 
view_alumni_reunion_weekend_ 
and_reunion_class_photos). Right 
after dinner, we were entertained 
fabulously by a boffo comedy 
and singing extravaganza: a trivia 
contest in celebration of the first 
trivia contest that took place on 
the Columbia campus 50 years ago 




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(led, then and now, by Dan Carlin- 
sky, who executive produced, and 
Ed Goodgold). Dan and Ed posed 
the questions to contestants Mike 
Cook, Jim Murdaugh and Steve 
Handzo, who won the first trivia 
contest 50 years ago. Lending a 
marvelous assist were the Colum¬ 
bia Alumni Singers, led by Michael 
Garrett '66. Four golden-voiced 
classmates, Brian Fix, Jeffrey 
Krulwich, Chris Morren and Peter 
Smith, were joined by Michael, Jeff 
Kumit '68, Rich Rosenblum '68, 
Rob Leonard '70 and John Mueser 
'71; the pianist was Peter Janovsky 
'68 and the violinist (& la Jack 
Benny) was Jerry Bergman '70. The 
trivia winner (and still champion) 
was Steve Handzo! 

A few days later, I asked Dan 
if he and Ed had realized from 
the stage how much the blissful 
audience enjoyed the show. He 
responded, "Absolutely. I knew 
from the opening response of 'It's 
Howdy Doody time!' from a good 
three-quarters of the house that it 
was going to work." 

Finally, on Sunday morning, our 
class had a brunch and farewell in 
the Faculty Room at Low Library. 

Of course, a 50th reunion is also 
a significant fundraising event. 

I'll let Jay Woodworth present the 
final recap: 

"Dean Valentini had done some 
homework before he came and 
spoke to our class during the Friday 
reception at the Metropolitan Qub. 
He said something that has rever¬ 
berated in my mind, which under¬ 
scores how CC'65 has changed in 
the 50 years since graduation. 

"The dean read a couple of para¬ 
graphs from The New York Times' 
front-page coverage of our Com¬ 
mencement in 1965, which referred 
to the 'cheers and cat-calls' from us 
as Dean David B. Truman spoke. I 
dimly recall the Times' article and 
how I had winced at the time. 

"No more wincing in 2015. 

As fundraising co-chairs, Larry 
Guido and I heard from one or 
two classmates who complained 
about [President] Lee C. Bollinger's 
hefty salary, but the mood of our 
class was remarkably different 
from 1965. For one thing, most 
of us have grown up (my family 
might beg to differ about me). For 
another, I think we've become not 
only comfortable with Columbia 
but also have become proud of 
alma mater. 

"That's borne out by the incred¬ 
ible generosity of our class in rais¬ 
ing about three times the highest 
amount that CC'65 had previously 
raised (for our 40th reunion). This 
was a broad-based fundraising, 
with a record number of John Jay- 
level ($1,500 or more) contributions 
for the class. We met our fundrais¬ 
ing goal for the Columbia College 


Fund; in fact, we blew through 
the broader fundraising goal of 
a comprehensive $6 million and 
achieved more than $10 million in 
pledges and bequest intentions. 

"Harry Coleman '46, Colum¬ 
bia's then-brand-new director of 
admissions who admitted us to the 
College in 1961 with a mandate 
to achieve a more diverse and 
geographically balanced class than 
in previous years, would be very 
proud of us. I'm very proud of 
CC'65, too." 

Another major part of the 
reunion process was led by Michael 
Schlanger, who put together a com¬ 
prehensive questionnaire that was 
emailed to classmates for whom the 
College had valid email addresses. 
Michael compiled the responses 
(insightful and fascinating) and 
prepared a bound Reunion Book 
that was distributed at reunion. A 
second edition has been prepared. 

If you're reading this but didn't 
get Michael's emails, please notify 
Michael (mschlanger@zuckerman. 
com) or me (packlb@aol.com), 
and we'll get you an e-copy of the 
second edition. 

We had a good turnout at 
reunion. With apologies to anyone 
who was there but not on the offi¬ 
cial list, the following classmates 
registered (although there were a 
few last-minute cancellations): Wil¬ 
liam Albert, James Alfini, Donald 
Bachman, Douglas Bamert, 

Steven Biro, Martin Blank, 
William Brenner, Allen H. Brill, 
Joel Budin, Michael Bush, Dan 
Carlinsky, Barry Chaitin, Ronald 
Chevako, Michael Cook and Pel¬ 
legrino D'Aciemo. Also attending 
were Robert Donohue, Stan Fein- 
sod. Gene Feldman, Alan Fenton, 
Harrison Fitch, Brian Fix, James 
Fleisher, Michael Friedman, Peter 
Fudge and Robert Fuhro. 

Dean Gamanos, Ira Gomberg, 
Louis Goodman, Peter Gorlin, 
Alan Green, Thomas Gualt- 
ieri, Laurance Guido, Norman 
Guimond, David Halperin and 
Stephen Handzo came to celebrate 
their 50th, and Kevin Hara, 

Robert Henn, Barry Herman, 

Gad Heuman, Joel Heymsfeld, 
Stephen Hoffman, John Howe, 
Paul Hyman, Richard Kagan, 

John Kalamarides, Arthur Klink, 
Jack Kress and L. Michael Krieger 
were back on campus as well 
for the festivities. Also on the 
registration roster were Robert 
Kronley, Jeffrey Krulwich, Jay 
Kuris, Luis Lainer, Alex Lancaster, 
Barry Levine, James Levy, Martin 
LeWinter, David Lionel, Ray¬ 
mond Lopatin, Ed Malmstrom, 
Eric R. Marcus, Robert Mattingly, 
Howard Matz, Charles Mayer and 
Kenneth McCulloch. 

Also representing CC'65 
at Alumni Reunion Weekend 


were Edward Merlis, Stephen 
Merrill, Christopher Morren, 

Jim Murdaugh, Joseph Nalven, 
Michael Newell, Leonard Pack, 
Robert Pantell, Bruce Peck, Noah 
Robbins, Arthur Roberts, Peter 
Sack, David Sarlin, Michael 
Schaul, Jonah Schein, Michael 
Schlanger, Waldemar Schulz and 
Charles Schwartz. Joining in the 
celebration were Dennis Selkoe, 
Steven Shama, Frederick Shuart, 
Jim Siegel, Mark Siegel, Daniel 
Silna, Neil Silver, Roy Skodnick, 

J. Donald Smith, Neil Smith and 
Peter Smith. 

Barry Solomon, Allen Steere, 
Steve Steinig, David Stewart, 
Walter Stingle, Stephen Strobach, 
John Sullivan, Michael Tapper, 
Leo Vozel, Brian Wangsgard, 
Bernard Weinstein, Herbert Weis- 
berg. Serge Wind, Elliot Wolff, Jay 
Woodworth, Robert H. Yunich, 
Harvey Zarren and Owen Zurhel- 
len rounded out the wonderful 
weekend. Spouses and significant 
others swelled the attendance 
considerably. 

On a more somber note, I heard 
from Bill Mitchell '64 that Jack 
Strauch BUS'67 succumbed to 
leukemia at a Houston hospital on 
May 20,2015. Some of you may 
remember the Class Notes descrip¬ 
tion that ran in the Spring 2014 
issue about Jack's 70th birthday 
party, which took place shortly 
after his leukemia diagnosis. And 
after she courageously attended 
the Friday cocktail reception at 
reunion. Jay Woodworth's wife, 
Susan, succumbed to cancer on 
July 3,2015. I'd like to dedicate this 
column to our other classmates who 
are no longer with us. For a full list, 
please see the online version of this 
column at college.columbia.edu/ 
fall2015 / class_notes. 

Ave Atque Vale! 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26i0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 


66 


Rich Forzani 

413 BantaAve. 
Garfield, NJ 07026 


rforzanil@optonline.net 


Alumni Reunion Weekend is com¬ 
ing, Thursday, June 2-Sunday, 
June 5. Mark your calendars! 

Your correspondent is taking 
this opportunity for a brief brag 
on his son Richard's graduation 
this past May from the University 
of Richmond's School of Law, cum 
laude, top 15 percent of his class. 
Journal of Law and Public Interest 


and John Marshall Scholar. He is 
spending the next year clerking for 
a federal judge in Virginia. Joining 
us at the event were Harvey Kurz- 
weil, his mentor throughout law 
school, and Harvey's wife, Barbara. 

TheaterMania announced that 
Michael Feingold, writer of its 
monthly "Thinking About The¬ 
ater" column, won the 2013-2014 
George Jean Nathan Award for 
Dramatic Criticism. The Nathan 
Award is presented by Cornell. 
Michael joined TheaterMania in 
June 2013 after having been the 
theater critic for The Village Voice 
for more than 40 years, 30 of them 
as its chief critic. 

Michael received the 1995-1996 
Nathan Award for his Voice reviews 
and is now among a small group 
of theater writers who have won 
the award twice. Michael has also 
twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer 
Prize in Criticism. He also has 
had a notable career in the theater 
as a playwright, translator and 
dramaturg, and is particularly 
noted as a translator of the Bertolt 
Brecht-Kurt Weill works Happy 
End, The Threepenny Opera and Rise 
and Fall of the City ofMahagonny. 
Michael's translation of Mahagonny 
can be heard on DVDs from the 
Madrid Opera and Los Angeles 
Opera productions. The latter won 
classical Grammy Awards for Best 
Classical Album and Best Opera 
Recording — the first time either 
award had been given to a work 
sung in translation. 

Daniel Sullivan BUS'67, from 
our great neighbor to the north 
(think snow and Molson ale), is 
anticipating the 50th reunion. As 
should you all. I know that many 
of you have never participated in 
the regular five-year celebrations 
but please know that they are fun! 
Also, our 50th is the most impor¬ 
tant one — you'll see guys you 
haven't seen in 50 years, and be 
amazed at your mutual changes. 
Columbia and your Reunion Com¬ 
mittee do a great job with these, 
so come, enjoy, reunite and have a 
wonderful time. 

Dan is the former Consul Gen¬ 
eral of Canada in New York and has 
graciously offered to buy drinks for 
every '66er who attends, depending 
on the exchange rate at the time. 

From Alan Feldman GSAS'69: 
"I'm glad to report that I man¬ 
aged to skip the horrible northeast 
winter. My wife, painter Nan Hass 
Feldman, got a job teaching on a 
cruise ship in the South Pacific, 
starting in Tahiti and ending in 
New Zealand, where we stayed 
on a little. We returned in March 
on my 70th birthday to receive the 
first copies of a new collection of 
my poems. Immortality. I've been 
retired since 2008 (37 years as pro¬ 
fessor and then chair of English at 


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Framingham State; also 22 years 
at Harvard's Radcliffe Seminars) 
and have continued to teach what 
I love, offering free, drop-in poetry 
writing workshops at the Fram¬ 
ingham Public Library and, in the 
summer, at the library in Wellfleet 
on Cape Cod, Mass. 

George Appelbaum tells us, 
"Nothing much new — still happily 
living in rural El Dorado County, 
Calif.; practicing law part-time out 
of my house; gardening; hiking; and 
playing the flute. I've been married 
for 31 years and took recent trips 
to the Czech Republic, northern 
Spain and Australia. Best regards to 
everyone in the Class of '66." 

From Paul Ehrlich: "I practice 
allergy medicine in New York City 
and am married to the wonderful 
Avis Alexander (who works for 
the Department of Education) and 
have four children and five grand¬ 
children. None of the former went 
to Columbia, as they all preferred 
to get out of town, although they 
do love the city. On the other hand, 
the grandchildren love to come to 
New York and my granddaughter, 
Audrey Ehrlich, came to New York 
in July and was looking forward to 
a visit to Murray's Deli to get 'the 
only good nova and bagels I've 
ever had' — and she's only 3! Got 
to start them early. 

"There are five of us CC'ers 
who manage to get together. Barry 
Coller, Herb Hochman and I had 
a wonderful time at The Modem 
restaurant, along with Arthur 
Reynolds (who started with us in 
1962, but sprung ahead to gradu¬ 
ate in 1965) and Joel Klein '67. The 
five of us sat there for three hours 
talking about what the last 45-plus 
years had brought. The four of us 
from the Class of 1966 look for¬ 
ward to the 50th." 

Barry achieved great recogni¬ 
tion at Stony Brook University 
School of Medicine. From there he 
went on to Mount Sinai Hospital 
as chairman of the Department of 
Medicine. He became physician- 
in-chief at Rockefeller University 
and was appointed to the first 
David Rockefeller chair, which he 
presently holds, and is second-in- 
charge at Rockefeller. 

Richard Postupak writes, "I 
have taken a brief sabbatical from 
my pastry business in Auxerre, 
France, leaving my assistant in 
charge, as we now have an estab¬ 
lished reputation. I am using the 
free time to return to one of my first 
loves, the teaching of transcendental 
philosophy. Some of you may recall 
from earlier Class Notes that I spent 
a number of years doing this at the 
now-defunct University of Sanse- 
polcro in Tuscany. There is a private 
effort to revive the philosophy 
department and I've been invited 
as a guest instructor. Basically 



pro bono, but I will have enough 
free time to attend our 50th and am 
looking forward to seeing many of 
you there. I'm hoping that my dear 
old pals Fran Furey, Tom Chorba, 
Rich Beggs and Rich Stanhewicz 
can make it. I spent some wonder¬ 
ful weeks with Fran on the West 
Coast many years ago and may 
revisit him for an extended stay." 

Joel Labow writes: "It 7 s been a 
long time since [Rich Forzani and 
I] were fellow midshipmen in the 
NROTC unit! After graduation I 
served five years, including a tour 
in Vietnam. After that I used my 
GI Bill benefits to go to medical 
school at Tufts. After completing 
my pediatric residency at Yale I 
returned to active duty as a Navy 
medical officer. After 30 more years 
of active duty, I retired in 2001 as 
the chairman of the department of 
pediatrics at National Naval Medi¬ 
cal Center in Bethesda, Md. I am 
a clinical professor of pediatrics at 
the Uniformed Services University 
School of Medicine. I lost my dear 
wife of 28 years to cancer recently 
but my son is a wonderful consola¬ 
tion prize, with fine disregard for 
his father's career track: He is a 
bicycle mechanic in D.C." 

Byron Michael Noone was hon¬ 
ored posthumously on April 25 
at the 40th anniversary event of 
Vietnam's Operation Babylift at the 
New Jersey Vietnam Era Museum 
& Educational Center. In addition 
to having the entire program dedi¬ 
cated to Byron's memory, he was 
also recognized during the event by 
his widow, Lana Noone. He is por¬ 
trayed in the first Operation Babylift 
play. Children of the April Rain, which 
was presented as a reading by an 
Off-Broadway theater company 
to tremendous acclaim. Byron's 
daughter, Jennifer Nguyen Noone 
SW'99, was also portrayed in the 
play. Barry Nazarian attended the 
program. Additional performances 
are being planned; updates are at 
vietnambabylift.org. 

John Longuil tells us, "While 
you all know from previous posts 
that I never joined you at gradua¬ 
tion, please believe that I am look¬ 
ing forward to seeing old friends 
at the 50th. Much time has passed 
and we have all gone through 
many changes. I especially want to 
reconnect with Bill 'Moose' Corco¬ 
ran, Bob 'Klinger' Klingensmith 
and Harvey 'Wildman' Kurzweil." 

Neill Brownstein writes, "Four 
kids, 3.5 grandkids and five surro¬ 
gate grandkids. All of the offspring 
are out of the nest. We 'right-sized' 
from our too-large home in Palo 
Alto, Calif., to a terrific condo in 
Menlo Park. With our two dogs, 
we do our 10,000-plus steps each 
day. When not in the Bay Area, we 
reside in our Park City, Utah, home 
for hiking, biking and (in the win¬ 


ter) skiing and snowshoeing. Still 
have all of the original body parts 
but the knee may be upgraded in 
the next year. Our business adven¬ 
ture investing in Indian startups 
has yet to bear fruit; we hope to 
start harvesting in the next few 
years. As my life-clock ticks faster I 
ask, 'How do I feel today?' Mostly 
'good' to 'very good.'" 

We sadly inform the class of 
the death of Michael Colen on 
June 7,2015. Survivors include his 
son, Glen; daughter-in-law, Ellen; 
daughter, Michelle; and wife, Diane. 

Rich Beggs and his wife, Gerry, 
relocated for the summer to fire 
Poconos from their Florida winter 
quarters. Rich's grandson, Alex, 
recently was accepted to The Ped- 
die School for high school, and his 
granddaughter, Morgan, received 
an award as an outstanding softball 
pitcher (she's 11 and 5-foot-7). Rich 
plans to put them both on the track 
for Columbia. He recently returned 
from a trip to Sicily and Rome, 
reporting, "Had a great time and 
consumed much wine and pasta, as 
my extra five lbs. will attest." 

From Gary Foulks PS'70: "After 
40 years practicing as an academic 
ophthalmologist specializing in 
cornea and external disease, I 
retired to Wilmington, N.C., in 2012. 
Most of my time was spent on the 
faculty at Duke but I did spend 
eight years in Pittsburgh as chair of 
ophthalmology and then director of 
clinical research. That was followed 
by eight years at the University 
of Louisville School of Medicine 
as the Arthur H. and Virginia T. 
Keeney Chair of Ophthalmology 
and as an assistant dean of clinical 
research. I consult with pharma¬ 
ceutical companies developing 
new treatments for dry eye but am 
relieved at not having to battle the 
bureaucracy and expanding regula¬ 
tions of practicing clinical medicine. 
My wife, Sims, and I celebrated 
our 47th wedding anniversary in 
June and enjoy our retirement in 
Wilmington, near two of our three 
grandchildren. I spend much of my 
time gardening and fishing and try 
to get to Idaho at least once a year 
for fly fishing with our son. Sims is 
active in our church and with both 
the National Society of the Colonial 
Dames of America and the Daugh¬ 
ters of the American Revolution. 

"I had the pleasure of catch¬ 
ing up with Jim Larson and his 
wife when they visited Beaufort, 
N.C., last summer but I haven't 
seen much of the rest of the class. 

I enjoy keeping track of folks 
through the Class Notes and 
emails with Ken Rollston, Mike 
Stephens and a number of the 
Class of '65.1 am hoping to attend 
the 50th reunion." 

From John Doody in Fort Lau¬ 
derdale: "I'm happy to say that I 


won't be able to regale classmates 
with stories about my children or 
grandchildren, because there are 
none. Two marriages brought forth 
no issue, on purpose. And now at 
711 can be my own kid. I've found 
the fountain of youth that Ponce 
de Leon sought here in Florida 
400 years ago. Actually, Ponce 
could have stayed home because 
there are young women every¬ 
where. I usually have two that 
added together fall a decade or so 
short of my age. 

"After my M.B.A. and Ph.D. 
studies at BU, I taught econom¬ 
ics and finance at Bentley for 20 
years. I left in 1994 to start what are 
now three investment newsletters 
focused on the stocks of compa¬ 
nies that mine gold and silver. My 
firm's newsletters are the world's 
only with outside-audited invest¬ 
ment returns, just as the SEC 
requires of mutual funds. 

"I have no plans to retire 
because, frankly, it 7 s expensive to 
be me. Few businesses have the 
profit margins of newsletters, once 
you get a critical mass of subscrib¬ 
ers. The business has afforded me 
a new, ultra-modem 10,000-sq.-ft. 
home on the water in Fort Lau¬ 
derdale with docking for a fleet of 
boats totaling 150 ft., and a pied- 
a-terre on St. Barths. Such are the 
fruits of no kids, although I have 
provided for college for my seven 
nieces and nephews, with one hop¬ 
ing to be in the Class of 2020. 

"I've been coming to reunions 
every five years, and in between 
see Harvey Kurzweil on Nan¬ 
tucket, Mass., and Tom Harrold 
on St. Barths, and am regularly 
visited by my freshman roommate, 
Ken Pearson. I miss Joe Cody, 
who I always think of as 'Mr. 
Columbia.' My Columbia degree 
was important to my successes and 
I'm happy to give back with a $1 
million bequest to help kick off the 
50th reunion [Class Gift]. See you 
all in June." 

As a final note, your Reunion 
Committee is happy to announce 
the co-chairs of our 50th reunion: 

Michael Garrett, Mark Amster¬ 
dam, Rich Forzani, Rich Zucker 
and Barry Coller. Please stay tuned. 


67 


Albert Zonana 

425 Arundel Rd. 
Goleta, CA 93117 


azl64@columbia.edu 


Several classmates took time to 
catch us up on their adventures of 
the past 48 years. 

Bruce Burgeson writes, "I have 
been happily retired for about 13 
years after a career as a teacher in 
the New York City public schools. 
I recently went on a Road Scholar 
trip to the American Southwest, 


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visiting Phoenix, Sedona, the 
Grand Canyon, Monument Val¬ 
ley, Bryce Canyon National Park 
and Zion National Park. I hope 
to do more trips. Best wishes to 
classmates." 

Aris Christou writes, "After 
graduating with a B.A. in physics, I 
received my Ph.D. in materials sci¬ 
ence and engineering from Penn in 
1971 and have been in the research 
establishment and academia ever 
since. I have been a professor of 
materials science at Maryland 
since 1990 and have published 
more than 200 research papers on 
semiconductor materials as well as 
six books. More information may 
be found at christou.umd.edu." 

Bob Rosenberg writes, "What a 
journey! I am enjoying an incred¬ 
ibly fulfilling time in my life, with 
only the responsibilities I choose to 
take on — a very privileged posi¬ 
tion indeed. My wife, Pamela, and 
I have two daughters, Lauren '99, 
LAW'02 and Alexandra, and four 
grandchildren — all, of course, 
headed for Momingside Heights in 
the next 10-15 years. 

"In 2012,1 retired from Latham 
& Watkins, a large international law 
firm where I chaired the interna¬ 
tional insolvency group for many 
years. I now have an independent 
practice doing mediation, trustee¬ 
ships, independent directorships, 
expert testimony, etc.... (everything 
except practicing law). Two years 
ago I ran on an insurgent ticket to 
become a trustee of Bellport village 
on Long Island, where we have 
our weekend home, and won; this 
year the team is running for reelec¬ 
tion unopposed. 

"I continue my long service as 
president of The New Group, a 
highly successful, not-for-profit 
New York theater company, which 
is completing its 20th season with 
three hits in a row (check it out: 
thenewgroup.org). I still have 
plenty of time left over for great 
travel (Portugal last fall, Iceland 
last winter and South Africa next 
fall) and skiing. Finally, for the last 
several years, I have been very 
pleased to serve as our class fund¬ 
raising chair. Please make me look 
good on this one!" 

Pat Evans writes, "I've been 
practicing law in Watertown, N.Y., 
for 40 years and retired in June. 

I've been working recently with 
Guy Gugliotta SIPA'73 on a new 
book he's editing, a collection of 
autobiographic stories of Vietnam 
War sailors. I'm an active volunteer, 
currently chairing the local Habitat 
for Humanity affiliate and teaching 
in my local Catholic church." 

John Cushman writes, "Since 
the Qass of 1967 is all the same 
age, many of our classmates are 
transitioning into retirement as I 
am. Columbia was great prepa¬ 


CLASS NOTES 


ration for a career; in my case, I 
served in churches in four states 
and in two educational institutions. 
Together, my wife, Cheryl, and 
I founded three preschools that 
continue to operate. But from that 
career, how lucky I have been to 
carry forward interests in politics, 
social issues and healing, and skills 
in media, project management, 
photography, music and things 
mechanical, into retirement. 

"Nothing has been more fun 
recently than installing a video 
camera behind the locomotive of 
the garden railroad train that we 
suspended from the ceiling in the 
Children's Museum of Sonoma 
County, Calif. Onboard video 
images from the miniature camera 
are transmitted to a television 
monitor inside a child-sized pas¬ 
senger car; that enables children 
to look out the window and see 
moving pictures from the toy 
train snaking its way among the 
exhibits of the science building. ITs 
like being onboard! Research for 
the camera installation took me to 
Sacramento for a behind-the-scenes 
look at the wonderful toy train 
collection of some of the earliest 
Lionel trains at the California State 
Railroad Museum, and I learned 
how they installed the onboard 
camera in their toy trains. The 
collection curator will be one of 
my first guests when we get daily 
operations under way here in Santa 
Rosa, Calif. I will extend the same 
VIP treatment at the Children's 
Museum, of course, to my class¬ 
mates and their grandchildren if 
they are in Northern California. 

"Since retirement I have pursued 
cycling with great enthusiasm. I 
took up cycling as therapy in New 
Mexico following an automobile 
accident that crunched my femur. 
Since then, I have raced the steam 
locomotive into the mountains 
above Durango, Colo., and lost, 
and more recently ridden Highway 
1 across the Golden Gate Bridge. 

At my age, I am probably the 
oldest on-bicycle marshal in Levi's 
GranFondo, which is one of bicy¬ 
cling' s premier citizen /pro events, 
held annually in late September 
along the rural roads of Sonoma 
County and along the Pacific Coast. 
Last year, I assisted more than 30 
riders with medical and mechani¬ 
cal issues en route, and with all 
the stopping, I was among the 
last to finish this challenging and 
lumpy route. I am registered for 
my seventh GranFondo this fall 
and plan to marshal once more. If 
you are in Northern California and 
want a local riding companion, let 
me know and I will show you the 
great roads — and rest stops — that 
[travel company] Backroads likes to 
point out to its tour guests. I'll be a 
good host for you. 


"I spoke with Mike Brownstein 
'64 not long ago, with whom I sang 
in the Kingsmen, and whose songs 
were passed to me to sing with 
the group when he graduated. I 
thanked him for encouraging my . 
musical and performance skills, 
which have been lifelong interests. 

"Best to the brothers and sisters 
of the Class of 1967." 

Dean Ringel reported with 
sadness the death of Jeff Newman, 
our friend and fellow editor at 
Spectator. I don't know that I ever 
met a more positive, compas¬ 
sionate and kind person. Jeff was 
proud of his Columbia legacy: 

His son, David '02, married Kate 
Devine '02, and his daughter, Deb¬ 
orah '04, married Drew Shannahan 
'03. Jeff was a partner in the firm 
of Dolgenos Newman & Cronin in 
New York. We all miss him. 

Dean also shared an update, 
"Now that I have retired from my 
law firm, I no longer have much 
excuse for not responding to A1 
Zonana's requests for updates, so 
here goes: I have spent the last 43 
years at a single law firm (once a 
relatively routine career descrip¬ 
tion, perhaps a bit more unusual 
today). I was fortunate to be able to 
spend much of my time at Cahill 
Gordon & Reindel dealing with 
constitutional issues in the context 
of the media, representing institu¬ 
tions like The New York Times, NBC, 
Time and Penguin Publishing, 
along with individual television 
shows like Inside Edition and, occa¬ 
sionally, Law & Order. I handled 
cases involving libel, privacy and 
fairness doctrine issues. I was for¬ 
tunate to work alongside a legend 
of the bar, Floyd Abrams. 

"In later years, I added antitrust 
work to my menu, representing 
Sony Music and 3M and, most 
recently, dealing with securities 
law litigation, representing Stan¬ 
dard & Poor's in the fallout from 
the recent financial crisis. The work 
was intellectually satisfying, occa¬ 
sionally involving making new 
law at the appellate and Supreme 
Court levels, and it was fun, albeit 
more demanding in terms of time 
than might have been wise. Those 
time demands were gracefully 
tolerated by my wife, Ronnie 
BC'68 (nee Sussman), herself a 
hard-working lawyer, whom I 
began dating while she was at 
Barnard. We have two daughters, 
a doctor and a lawyer, and two 
grandchildren. I teach legal history 
and the history of press freedom 
to a remarkably diverse group of 
undergraduates at John Jay Col¬ 
lege of Criminal Justice at CUNY 
here in New York City. I have kept 
up with a number of classmates, 
including former roommates 
Elliott Hefler, Rich Rubin and 
Charlie Saydah, and a subset of 


Spectator colleagues, among them 
Mark Minton, Chris Hartzell, 
Leigh Dolin, Marty Andrucki and 
Jeff Newman. Time spent with Jeff 
during the last few years made his 
recent death all the more painful. I 
very much look forward to seeing 
more of our class at our not-so-far- 
off 50th reunion." 

Congratulations to Joel Klein 
and Roger Lehecka, who will be 
honored at the gala celebration for 
the 50th anniversary of the Double 
Discovery Center on September 
10. Joel, former chancellor of New 
York City schools, is now CEO of 
Amplify and EVP of News Corp. 
Roger, who had an illustrious 
career at Columbia including nearly 
20 years as dean of students, co¬ 
founded Double Discovery in 1965. 
Its mission is "to improve local 
schools by exposing students to 
the rigor of Columbia, and engage 
Columbia students with the neigh¬ 
borhood." That it has flourished for 
50 years is a testament to the vision 
of its founders and successors. 
Roger and Joel grew up a block 
apart in Woodside, Queens. 


Arthur Spector 

One Lincoln Plaza, 

Apt. 25K 

New York, NY 10023 
arthurbspector@ 
gmail.com 

I will be on the case next issue with 
a "monster" column. I encourage 
classmates to write, or else "the 
punishment will fit the crime," to 
paraphrase Gilbert and Sullivan. 

Please submit your Class Notes 
to my email address at the top of 
the column or online at college. 
columbia.edu/ cct/submit_class_ 
note. Your classmates want to hear 
from you! 



69 


Michael Oberman 

Kramer Levin Naftalis & 
Frankel 

1177 Avenue of the 
Americas 

New York, NY 10036 


moberman@ 

kramerlevin.com 


We are in fall 2015, and the College 
has welcomed the Class of 2019. 
This moment also marks the 50th 
anniversary of our class' arrival at 
the College. It was a long time ago, 
and yet it was such a special time 
for each of us that classmates with 
varying powers of memory all 
seem to have at least a few recollec¬ 
tions of our beginning days on the 
campus. By email and in my last 
column, I asked classmates to share 
some of those recollections, be it 
events in the dorms, a classroom 
experience or time in the neighbor- 


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CLASS NOTES 




Left to right: Mark wenner 71, Susan Hutcher BC70, Hank Reich- 
man '69 and Juan Gonzalez '68 got together on June 13 in Wash¬ 
ington, D.C., at the American Association of University Professors 
Annual Conference. 

PHOTO: MICHAEL FERGUSON 


hood. Here, I present a first batch 
of responses; those who do not see 
their responses in this issue will 
find them in a future issue (along 
with the personal and professional 
news that classmates provide). I 
invite classmates who have yet to 
email me with recollections to do 
so now. In the meantime, we can 
all ponder another momentous 
number; namely that, over the 
course of the next year or so, our 
age will come to match our class 
year — the number "69" seems less 
funny now than it did back then. 

Let's begin with the blackout of 
1965. Fred Neufeld writes: "I was 
replacing the lightbulb in my dorm 
room desk lamp on the 13th floor 
of Carman Hall on November 9, 
1965. When I turned on the lamp, 
the new bulb blew out. Seconds 
later the lights went out in the 
room, and then on our floor. The 
guys were screaming for the lights 
to come back on. 'Yikes,' I thought, 
'I just shut down the dorm's 
power.' Car horns were blaring 
on Broadway. I looked out the 
window facing southbound and 
saw the Empire State Building's 
lights go out. Oy vey! An hour later 
I learned it was a coincidence. I still 
get the willies telling the story." 

Unbeknownst to Fred, Michael 
Schnipper had found another 
cause of the blackout: "As a fresh¬ 
man, I lived on the fourth floor of 
John Jay Hall, a few flights above 
the cafeteria. One night in Novem¬ 
ber, as a few of us were eating din¬ 
ner, the lights went out. When they 
did not come on for a few minutes, 
we walked upstairs. There was 
Roger Walaszek in the hallway in 
his underwear looking for a place 
to hide his prohibited hot plate, 
certain that he had caused what 
we later learned was the Great 
Northeast Blackout." 


I have a different recollection 
of the blackout; at the moment it 
began, I was on the roof of Ferris 
Booth Hall helping to mount a sign 
for an upcoming Board of Manag¬ 
ers event. I remember turning to 
the upperclassman I was assisting 
and asking, "Why are they closing 
Butler Library so early tonight?" 
and then we saw the streets were 
dark and — of greater immediacy 
— the stairways from the roof to 
the lobby were pitch black. 

And now a range of other 
memories. From Marc Schmid: "I 
vividly recall a night in late Octo¬ 
ber of freshman year. The varsity 
football team, after an evening 
at The Gold Rail, was inspired to 
carry my 1959 MG roadster (pur¬ 
chased from Tom Lesley '68) from 
West 114th Street into the lobby 
of Carman Hall. Upon my return 
a few hours later from The West 
End, the bemused night guard 
held open the doors while I drove 
out of the lobby, through the gates, 
down some steps and down the 
sidewalk to Broadway." 

Steve Conway writes: "I 
fondly remember my arrival day 
at Columbia. It was a dark and 
stormy morning (trite but true), 
and my father drove me from 
Philadelphia through a terrible 
thunderstorm. When we pulled 
up to the curb on Broadway, an 
upperclassman, Tony Sciolino 
'67, was waiting to help the next 
arrival (me) with luggage. That 
felt very nice. (Tony later became a 
Rochester, N.Y., family court judge 
and city council member and then 
a deacon in the Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Rochester.) My father 
left, my roommate seemed nice 
enough and we walked across 
Broadway to find dinner. I knew 
I was in New York when I asked 
the server how their hamburgers 


were and he replied, 'They have 
their moments.'" 

David Sokal states: "My most 
enduring scholarly memory of my 
first year at Columbia is reading 
the selections from philosophers 
such as Thomas Hobbes, John 
Locke, David Hume and Adam 
Smith, who provided the ideas that 
influenced the founding fathers 
and led to the creation of the 
United States. The power of ideas 
and how they evolved across time 
was fascinating. On the personal 
side, I made some good friends 
among my roommates and fellow 
bridge players." 

From Dave Rosedahl, recalling 
our senior year: "Professor Dustin 
Rice, in 19th- century art class, 
listened patiently to a long and 
elegant discussion by one of my 
classmates. I remember thinking, 
'Gee, after nearly four years here. 
I've learned nothing compared to 
this fellow.' Upon completion of the 
guy's dissertation. Professor Rice 
blew out a long stream of smoke 
(Camel), leaned forward and said: 
'You've been reading books...'" 

From Dave Parshall: "The first 
memories of the College that came 
to my mind are: 

"One: What a remarkable 
faculty we were exposed to! I have 
a few memories of exceptional 
professors, such as reading Greek 
lyric poetry with Professor Moses 
Hadas in my freshman year. He 
was a renowned classicist and 
gentleman, never flustered. It 
was a late afternoon class and at 
the moment of the blackout in 
the fall term, he was amused, not 
concerned. Many Columbia guys 
headed across the street to Barnard 
during the blackout. I was dev¬ 
astated to learn upon my return 
from summer vacation in 1967 
that Hadas had died during a trip 
out west to Aspen, Colo. Another 
freshman memory is of Professor 
Polykarp Kusch, a Nobel Prize 
winner, who made 'Physics for 
Poets' come alive. And how about 
Professor Howard Davis' course 
on Northern European painting? 

I have unforgettable memories of 
his insights (and, of course, many 
others'). Weren't we fortunate? 

"Two: Aren't computers the 
best?! We used to type papers on 
an old-style typewriter, hoping 
not to make too many errors to 
be typed over. I remember going 
down the elevator in Carman one 
day and standing in the front of 
the elevator next to a fellow who 
was proofreading a paper that he 
was about to submit. All was well 
until, as he was exiting the eleva¬ 
tor, he dropped the paper and it 
fell through the narrow gap at the 
elevator door opening, never to be 
seen again. A devastating setback! 
The poor fellow had undoubtedly 


pulled an all-nighter to complete 
his masterpiece; today, it would all 
be saved on a computer. 

"Three: One spring day in later 
years, I was selling raffle tickets for 
a spiffy sports car near the Sundial 
on College Walk. Undoubtedly for 
a good cause, although I do not 
remember what it was. However, 

I do remember asking a Barnard 
undergraduate who was pass¬ 
ing by if she would like to buy a 
chance to win the car. Her quick 
response: 'I don't have a chance.'" 

Ed Hyman writes: "I remember 
one of my first days on campus at 
the end of freshman week. I had 
returned to John Jay and entered 
into a series of fascinating conversa¬ 
tions with Eddie Goodgold '65, who 
had just graduated and had entered 
law school but returned to visit the 
fifth and sixth floors of Jay, of which 
he had been the counselor for the 
only undergraduate floors in an 
overwhelmingly graduate student 
dorm. Goodgold and I were joined 
in this diverse-themed discussion 
by George Leonard '67, GSAS'72, 
then a junior and later a Columbia 
English Ph.D. and Yale professor, 
and now professor of interdisciplin¬ 
ary humanities at San Francisco 
State University. Seth Weinstein '68, 
later an esteemed economics major 
and subsequently a developer, 
entered into the discourse as did 
Henry Simonds '70, later of the 
medicine department of Concord 
Hospital. The next year that core 
group was expanded to include 
Jamie Auchincloss '70. Though Jay 
was then, simply put, a dump, the 
quality and diversity of the thought 
and discourse more than compen¬ 
sated. What strikes me most poi¬ 
gnantly is how, on getting together 
with George after a lapse of many 
decades, I remained impressed 
with that same profound intellect 
and genuine humanity, as I did a 
year or so later when I bumped into 
Seth. I remain in regular contact 
with Jamie, Henry and Hank 
Gehman '71, GS'78, all of whom are 
respectively retired in Oregon, New 
Hampshire and Berkeley." 

From Michael Jacoby Brown: 
"Sadness: remembering meeting 
the sweet David Gi bert '66, and 
passionate Ted Gold '68, and how 
the craziness of the times led them 
to do crazy and destructive things. 
Of having to identify my dear 
friend and roommate, Daniel Grut- 
zendler, who committed suicide by 
jumping off our building. 

"Luck: getting into Kenneth 
Koch's creative writing class when 
I placed out of freshman English 
and discovering that the old man 
in my elementary Greek class was 
Eric Bentley, one of my heroes and 
the editor of Bertolt Brecht's work. 

"Lessons: being beaten by the 
NYPD at the behest of Columbia 


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for having the gall to protest the 
war in Vietnam and the 'Jim Crow 
gym' Columbia wanted to build 
in Morningside Park. When will 
they ever learn? 

"Still lucky after all these 
years: to be part of Visions, a 
multi-racial group that provides 
training and consulting in devel¬ 
oping multi-racial and multi¬ 
cultural organizations." 

Bill Bonvillian writes: "When 
we arrived we all recall being 
subjected to the humiliation of 
wearing light blue beanies — 
hardly hazing but still bizarre; we 
thought, wasn't this Columbia. 

...?' I discovered something dif¬ 
ferent was going to happen when 
that fall Paul Newman spoke at 
a Ferris Booth Flail festival of his 
films. A pipe-smoking Columbia 
type got the first question, and 
asked Newman a long, esoteric 
question about metaphysical 
meaning in Cool Hand Luke (that 
would be typical of us then, com¬ 
paring, say, Luke's 'What we've 
got here is a failure to communi¬ 
cate,' with Descartes' theorem in 
Lit Hum). Newman responded 
by yelling back something like, 'I 
didn't come here to discuss god¬ 
damn movies, I want to talk about 
the f~king war!' We all grasped 
this hint that beanies weren't 
going to be the message of our 
time at Columbia." 

Let me add an observation of 
my own — something from fresh¬ 
man year that I did not foresee 
turning out the way it did. I lived 
in Carman 815B during my first 
year and one of my suitemates, in 
815A, was a guy from Maplewood, 
N.J., named Mark Rudd. Across 
the hall in Room 814 was Paul 
Auster. Who knew at the time that 
these three classmates, housed in 
such close proximity, would be 
mentioned so often in the pages of 
this magazine? 

Finally, congratulations to 
Robert Kahan, who received a Co¬ 
lumbia University Alumni Medal 
(the highest honor conferred by 
the Columbia Alumni Association) 
during this year's Commence¬ 
ment. During our College years. 
Bob was a sports and newscaster 
at WKCR, calling basketball games 
in 1968-69 and reporting on the 
campus events of our time. Since 
graduation. Bob has generously 
donated to the College, including 
by endowing a scholarship for a 
needy athlete in the name of his 
father, Theodore Kahan (Class of 
1920), and by endowing a chair in 
his father's name, the Theodore 
Kahan Professor of Humanities 
in the Department of English and 
Comparative Literature. Bob's gen¬ 
erosity also created the Bob Kahan 
Sports Studio at WKCR in Alfred 
Lemer Hall. 


| Leo G. Kailas 

I Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt 
I 885 Third Ave., 20th FI. 
New York, NY 10022 
lkailas@reitlerlaw.com 


I am going to devote this column to 
our wonderful 45th reunion, which 
took place May 28-31. Forty-two 
class members and their wives/sig¬ 
nificant others returned to celebrate 
Alumni Reunion Weekend, and it 
was fantastic! Mark Pruzansky and 
his wife, Sheila, graciously hosted 
the Friday cocktail party, which 
was well attended and got us all 
back into the Columbia frame of 
mind. The Friday and Saturday 
lectures were thought-provoking 
and excellent, and the Saturday 
dinner gave us the opportunity 
to reconnect with old friends. The 
Saturday lunch featured Profes¬ 
sor Tom Keenan SEAS'71 leading 
a provocative discussion on the 
Internet 7 s ability to intrude on our 
everyday lives — from shopping 
experiences to monitoring very per¬ 
sonal activities that no one would 
suspect are being watched. 

At each of our class gatherings, 
the discussions carried on well 
beyond our allotted time and, in 
the cases of our Saturday class 
lunch and Saturday night class din¬ 
ner, we were shooed out of the Uris 
Hall facilities — we literally closed 
down Uris Hall on Saturday night. 

Here is a sampling of our class¬ 
mates' reports on reunion. Andy 
Kiorpes said: "The Mini-Core 
Classes were all outstanding. I 
recently received the slide set from 
Professor Brent Stockwell's lecture, 
'Life, Death, Drugs and the Origin 
of New Ideas.' I also loved Professor 
Chris Washbume GSAS'99's lecture, 
'Lessons from Jazz.' I agree with 
Steven Schwartz that we needed 
more 'classmate' time. Even though 
we lingered, and were shown the 
door on more than one occasion, 
we still could have used more. I 
think tweaks in the schedule are 
all that is needed. The big change 
between this reunion and the last 
one I attended (when mastodons 
were still grazing in Minnesota) was 
the welcoming atmosphere and the 
Columbia College Student Ambas¬ 
sadors. The energy on campus was 
palpable [as I was] watching the 
dancing on Low Plaza on Saturday 
night. I think our 50th will be a 
great get-together." 

During our time together, Andy 
and I reminisced about the night 
our whole floor in Fumald Hall 
sat listening to our birthdays being 
called out in the first draft lottery. 

The aforementioned Steven 
Schwartz noted: "They had to 
kick us out of the Saturday lunch 
space. Next time I think we need 
more time just with our class, 
although the lectures I attended on 


Friday (Assistant Professor Noam 
Elcott '00 on Picasso and Professor 
Katharina Volk on Plato and Jane 
Austen) were also superb. No one 
wanted to leave." 

Dov Zakheim, who sent his 
two sons to the College, reported: 
"[My wife], Deborah, and I really 
enjoyed the classes, the receptions 
and the class luncheon, which 
really was terrific. It was good to 
see old friends (like Peter Sugar 
and A1 Bergeret), former co-resi¬ 
dents in the dorms (John Wallace 
SEAS'70, who sent me his latest 
book — I hope he doesn't expect 
me to read all his equations!) and 
classmates whom I had never 
really encountered while at Colum¬ 
bia. We attended the two Lit Hum 
lectures — both were excellent and 
I especially enjoyed the lecture on 
The Iliad, the first book we had to 
read before we even arrived on 
campus. And the weather was per¬ 
fect. All in all, a great time. Looking 
forward to our 50th." 

The eagerness to return to 
Columbia for our 50th reunion was 
a theme in many of the responses 
I received from attendees. Dan 
Feldman, who was an associ¬ 
ate with me at my first law firm, 
reported: "I had a great time. I 
loved getting to chat and reminisce 
with old friends. That someone 
thought Sam Steinberg's paintings 
warranted an exhibition amazed 
and delighted me. The Columbia 
Kingsmen put on a fine perfor¬ 
mance— as always — and one 
of the performing alumni was 
Jonathan White '85, a friend from 
Port Washington, N.Y. I was very 
happy that my cousin Elise Feld¬ 
man '95, with her significant other 
and 14-month-old twins, ran into 
me near the Sundial. I wish I had 
gotten to more lectures, because 
Professor James Zetzel's lecture on 
Adam Smith and Professor Katha¬ 
rina Volk's lecture on Plato and 
Jane Austen were terrific. At the 
latter I saw Donald Altschuler '60, 
whose parents were my next-door 
neighbors in the early 1960s, for 
the first time in probably 50 years! 
Professor Matthew Jones' talk at 
our Saturday dinner was inspiring, 
and I'm glad I got to chat with him 
a bit afterward as well." 

David Kombluth, who had 
a long and distinguished career 
in the State Department, noted: 
"Like me, my wife, Soching, had 
a 30-year career with the State 
Department, and has much of 
interest to say about it." 

Special thanks to Phil Wang, 
whose generosity enabled us 
to exceed our class fundraising 
goal. And the final word will go 
to Jim Periconi, who extended 
our thanks to Alumni Office staff 
members Patricia Carchi and 
Mara Henckler: "The speakers 


were wonderful and the energy 
was great. We will plan earlier for 
the 50th, and work the phones to 
get an impressive turnout." 

Amen to Jim's final thought! 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26i0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 


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Jim Shaw 

139 North 22nd St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19103 
jes200@columbia.edu 


A Columbia University Athletics 
press release reports: "Columbia 
men's soccer alum Rocco B. Com- 
misso [SEAS'71] joined 100 other 
outstanding individuals who were 
recognized at the 29th Annual Ellis 
Island Medal of Honor Ceremony 
held at the historic landmark in 
New York Harbor... 

"The Ellis Island Medals of 
Honor were established in 1986 
and rank among our nation's most 
prestigious civilian honors. The 
award recognizes individuals who 
share with those less fortunate 
their wealth of knowledge, 
indomitable courage, boundless 
compassion, unique talents and 
selfless generosity, all while main¬ 
taining tire traditions of their ethnic 
heritage as they uphold the ideals 
and spirit of America. 

"Past recipients include six U.S. 
Presidents; Nobel Prize recipient 
Elie Wiesel; Generals Norman 
Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell, 
Hon. Hillary Clinton; Sen. John 
McCain; Muhammad Ali; Frank 
Sinatra; Barbara Walters; Mike Wal¬ 
lace; and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. 

" ... Commisso was hailed as 
one of the most successful Italian 
immigrant entrepreneurs in our 
nation's history and was lauded 
for, among other things, providing 
college scholarships to 1,300 stu¬ 
dents nationwide. 

"During his remarks, Commisso 
described the struggles his family 
faced in war-tom Italy in the 1950s. 
He thanked America for opening 
its doors to his father, a World War 
II prisoner of war, and for giving 
his family boundless opportunities 
to succeed by simply working hard, 
pursuing an education and relying 
on self-initiative to get ahead." 

From Peter Jaccoby: "On May 
19, under gray skies I attended the 
College's Class Day and took part 
in the 12th annual Alumni Parade 
of Classes behind the banner of the 
Class of 1971 with Cary Queen, 
Dick Fuhrman and Alex Sachare. 
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prolonged and heartfelt applause 
from the graduating seniors, who 
obviously recognize and value the 
sense of connection to Columbia 
that persists for us all long after the 
toil of exams and writing papers 
has faded from memory. 

"Following the parade, we 
stayed on for the graduation 
exercises and were treated to an 
immensely impressive address by 
Eric Garcetti '92, SIPA'93, mayor 
of Los Angeles since 2013. Garcetti 
adapted a set of 15 common 
themes (distilled by a website) 
from the texts of hundreds of 
such commencement speeches, 
providing a talk that was at once 
humorous, insightful and uplifting 
in its call for graduates to work at 
applying their talents to improving 
equality in our nation. 

"As with Class Day last year, 
a significant number of the stu¬ 
dents had placed red tape strips 
on their mortarboards in a silent, 
but nonetheless compelling, dem¬ 
onstration for the 'No Red Tape' 
movement, which continues to 
fight for improvement in the 
University administration's poli¬ 
cies and practices for addressing 
gender-based misconduct. 

"A notable point in the pro¬ 
cession of the more than 1,100 
students across the dais to receive 
acknowledgement of their pas¬ 
sage into the ranks of alumni took 


place when Emma Sulkowicz '15, 
a visual arts major who has car¬ 
ried a mattress with her about the 
campus for the past academic year 
to protest the school's handling 
of her own alleged sexual assault, 
took the stage with four of her 
classmates, who assisted her in 
carrying the mattress. The loud 
cheers and applause from her 
fellow graduating seniors — and 
from knowledgeable persons in 
the audience — spoke volumes 
about the fact that this subject 
will continue to require the close 
attention and involvement of all 
members of the Columbia com¬ 
munity, not least including those 
of us in the alumni body." 

Howard Staffer SIPA'75, 
GSAS'80 reports: "Just to be up-to- 
date on my professional and family 
activities these last nearly 50 years, 

I had a great career in the State 
Department, leaving as a member 
of die Senior Foreign Service; the 
United Nations as a senior director 
of the Security Council's Counter- 
Terrorism Executive Directorate; 
and now at the University of New 
Haven as an associate professor of 
national security. Please contact me 
via Linkedln. 

"I live on the west side of 
Manhattan after spending years 
in Europe, Russia, China and the 
Middle East. My wife, Jane Rosen¬ 
berg, is an attorney in real estate 


law and my daughter, Hannah, 
started at Dean College last year. 

"Hope to see some of you at the 
2016 reunion and hope to stay well 
so I can attend our 50th reunion! 
All the best to everyone." 

Our 45th reunion will take 
place Thursday, June 2-Sunday, 
June 5,2016: Mark your calendars 
and start making your plans. As 
I submit this column on June 29, 
2015, you should already have 
received an email from Patricia 
Carchi (pc2389@columbia.edu) in 
the Alumni Office about joining 
the CC'71 Reunion Committee. I 
presume that by the time this issue 
of CCT is in your hands in Sep¬ 
tember, you will have heard from 
the committee itself. I've enjoyed 
serving on Reunion Committees, 
so definitely count me in. Are you? 

Whether or not you join the 
committee, plan to attend reunion. 
Our reunions, especially our most 
recent, have been smashing suc¬ 
cesses. The campus is the same, yet 
different, and so are we. Enjoy old 
friendships and make new ones. 

I have already heard from class 
members living on other conti¬ 
nents who are planning to attend. 

Remember back 48 Septem¬ 
bers ago and the feelings we had, 
including of adventure, as we 
entered Columbia College. We are 
still connected. 



Paul S. Appelbaum 

39 Claremont Ave., #24 
New York, NY 10027 


pappell@aol.com 


Marty Edel has been practicing 
law in New York City for 40 years, 
first at Cravath, Swaine & Moore 
and then at Miller & Wrubel. "My 
practice has been an interesting 
mix of commercial litigation, rang¬ 
ing from antitrust to contractual 
disputes to sports law. I also 
have been teaching sports law at 
Brooklyn Law School for more 
than 15 years and, this year, will 
be teaching sports law at NYU. 

"All of 3\at pales by comparison 
with the joys my wife, Pam, and I 
share watching our children and, 
yikes, grandchildren grow up. Our 
son, Charlie, is an assistant profes¬ 
sor at the U.S. Naval War College. 
His first book. Nation Builder: 

John Quincy Adams and the Grand 
Strategy of the Republic, came out 
last fall. Our daughter, Eliza, was 
a teacher (until she had her first 
child) and now is a developer of 
curricula. We have three wonder¬ 
ful grandchildren, who range in 
age from 10 months to 3 years. We 
continue to see good Columbia 
friends, including Steve Shapiro 
and David Stem." 

Ronald Cohen PS'76 is a "hard¬ 
working neonatologist at Stanford, 


in dry California," where he's 
clinical professor of pediatrics and 
director, Development and Behav¬ 
ior Unit and Intermediate Intensive 
Care Nursery, at the Lucile Packard 
Children's Hospital. He recently 
completed his "magnum opus," 
Neonatology: Clinical Practice and 
Procedures, co-edited with David 
K. Stevenson and Philip Sunshine. 
Here are Ron's brief memories of 
arriving on campus for Freshman 
Week: "First person to greet me 
— Mark Rudd '69, handing out 
flyers. During a campus tour from 
a senior, I heard, 'New York City 
is that way, campus is this way — 
between the two you'll get a great 
education if you survive.'" 

Ron and his wife (a fellow P&S 
grad) enjoy living in Palo Alto, 
Calif. He says, "Columbia folk are 
few and far between out here but 
I have fond memories of my days 
on both Momingside Heights and 
Washington Heights." 

And for those of you with 
fond recollections of the Barnard 
campus, Lehman Library will 
disappear in the coming months 
to be replaced with a more up-to- 
date building, including a tower 
that will nestle next to Altschul. 
Things are always changing on 
Momingside Heights. 



Barry Etra 

1256 Edmund Park Dr. NE 
Atlanta, GA 30306 


betral@bellsouth.net 


Once more down to the beach 
although this column, written in 
June, will not appear until fall. For 
those who believe they're being 
neglected if s just... timing. 

In order of appearance: Michael 
Shapiro has completed his Second 
Symphony and premiered it this 
summer in Birmingham, England. 

It will be released through Amazon, 
iTunes and CD Baby. This past sea¬ 
son he conducted the Virginia Sym¬ 
phony Orchestra and the Dallas 
Wind Symphony, playing his most 
popular work, Frankenstein — The 
Movie Score, which is played simul¬ 
taneously with the classic Boris 
Karloff version of the film. Michael 
has been performing Frankenstein 
all over the United States, and for 
Halloween season 2015 will be once 
again at colleges all over the coun¬ 
try. He is working on a new work 
called Bamboula!, commissioned by 
10 colleges nationally, which will 
premiere in 2016. His regular gig 
remains The Chappaqua Orchestra 
in New York. 

Ending one of the longest runs 
on Broadway, the imperturbable 
James Minter retired from Colum¬ 
bia's Undergraduate Admissions 
Office in June after 30 years of 
"wonderful colleagues and immea- 


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surable professional rewards." 
Worst of all, he is giving up his 
Columbia phone number, 212-854- 
1973, which I have always envied. 
The soon-to-be-mentioned Mitch 
Freinberg dedicated a plaque to 
James in the office's conference 
room, thus keeping his spirit alive. 
We'll miss you, Jeem. 

Benjamin Feldman LAW'76 
retired from his law and real estate 
career in 2000 and has morphed 
into a Yiddishist; he is chair of the 
board of the New Yiddish Rep 
theater company and a historian 
of 19th and early 20th century 
New York, having published three 
books and 50 essays (newyork 
wanderer.com). He lives in the 
Heights, has two daughters "and 
an ex-wife," and spends a great 
deal of time exercising al fresco. 

Steve Flanagan passed a couple 
of milestones this year. January 
marked the 40th anniversary of his 
marriage to the redoubtable Lynn 
Wansley; many of us remember 
when they began their romance at 
Columbia. Their younger son, Neil 
Flanagan '08, is a junior architect 
working on the "Bow Tie," a build¬ 
ing on Columbia's Manhattanville 
campus. In April, Steve passed the 
two-year mark of his second tour 
at the National Security Council 
staff as special assistant to the 
president and senior director for 
defense policy and strategy; he 
says it's "been demanding, but an 
honor to serve." 

We heard recently (from Ray¬ 
mond Forsythe) that Rob Gallup 
passed away in February from a 
heart attack. He's survived by his 
wife of 22 years, Jane (janegallup@ 
hotmail.com). Rob was executive 
director of AMEND Counseling 
Services, a Denver-based domestic 
violence prevention and interven¬ 
tion group, and was a crime victim 
services administrator for the State 
of Colorado for 16 years. 

Carter Eltzroth SIPA'79, LAW'80 
is a lawyer focused on new 
technologies, notably the licens¬ 
ing of standardized technologies 
like digital TV, WiFi and smart 
grid. He and his wife, Arline, live 
in Washington, D.C.; they have 
a daughter, Rebecca, who is in 
e-commerce marketing in Boston, 
and a son. Carter, who is an ensign 
in the Navy. 

And finally (wait for it), Mitch 
Freinberg has lived in London 
for lo these past 32 years, where 
he is an investment banker. He 
has recently given up the ghost as 
chairman of the Alumni Repre¬ 
sentative Committee for England 
after 24 years of "fortunate" asso¬ 
ciation with the aforementioned 
James Minter. 

i Cannot write what I don't get; at 

least — not anymore. Keep sendin' 
'em in, fellows! You can write to 

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either my email, betral@bellsouth. 
net, or use the CCT online submis¬ 
sion form college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. 


74 


Fred Bremer 

532 W. 111th St. 

New York, NY 10025 


f.bremer@ml.com 


"Those meddling kids!" 

That's a phrase many of us 
remember from watching endless 
episodes of Scooby-Doo with our 
kids or grandkids. In the cartoon 
series, which premiered just before 
we started at the College, it was 
said by a villain referring to Shaggy 
and his friends. In this case, the 
meddling kids are the Millennials 
that are shoving the Baby Boomers 
off center-stage and diminishing 
our influence on both cultural and 
economic issues in society. 

The census bureau tells us 
Millennials (those bom approxi¬ 
mately 1980-2000) are now 80 
million strong as of last March 

— larger than either Gen X (bom 
approximately 1965-1979) or even 
our beloved Baby Boomers (bom 
approximately 1946-1964). Why 
is this of import? For most of our 
lives, society has molded the world 
around us to kowtow to the wants 
and desires of our cohort. When 
we wanted bell-bottoms, tie-dye 
and long hair, they were suddenly 
fashionable. Our parents might 
have supported the Vietnam War, 
but society and its politicians sided 
with the majority of Baby Boomers 
that seemed to feel otherwise. 

What if the new Millennial 
Majority make skinny jeans the 
new fashion statement when 
many of us favor relaxed-fit Levis? 
What if they end up much further 
right or left in politics when our 
generation is moving more toward 
the center (or vice versa)? A recent 
survey showed Millennials watch 
less TV than their parents. No big¬ 
gie... until you learn that The Walk¬ 
ing Dead garnered six of the top 10 
cable telecast viewership slots for 
this age group. Will that mean the 
death of quality programming like 
CS1 and NCIS — let alone Celebrity 
Wife Swap ? Those meddling kids! 

One thing that's for certain is 
that they missed out on half a 
century of some great music. Some 
might say it started with The Roll¬ 
ing Stones in 1962. Others might 
cite the 1964 British Invasion led 
by The Beatles. All that is clear to 
these jaded ears is that the title of 
Bob Dylan's 1964 album said it 
all — The Times They Are a-Changin' 

— and you skinny jeans / soy latte / 
Walking Dead Millennials missed 
the moment! Reminds me of the 
time when a young buck in my 
office asked me disparagingly. 


"When did you go to college?" I 
responded, "Let's just say it was 
after the invention of the birth 
control pill and before the arrival of 
AIDS." His eyes glassed over. 

One classmate who hasn't let 
this momentous rock moment slip 
by is investment banker/drummer 
Roger Kahn. I saw him and his 
wife, Therese, on campus at Dean's 
Day in June. After learning they 
had just attended a great jazz lec¬ 
ture, they had to dash off because 
they had tickets to The Who's 50th 
anniversary show. 

At a time when we are being 
told that Baby Boomers are retiring 
and moving to Florida for a life 
of shuffleboard and early bird 
specials, notes from our classmates 
show this is not always the case. 
Not only are many of our careers 
continuing to evolve but also many 
of our classmates are returning to 
NYC (at least for part of the year). 

Dr. David Melnick PS'78 
writes that he left pharmaceuti¬ 
cal company AstraZeneca after 34 
years to return to Manhattan and to 
assume a position as VP of clinical 
development at Actavis (which 
subsequently acquired Allergan and 
took its name). The combination of 
the companies created one of the 
world's top 10 pharmaceutical com¬ 
panies. He will continue hunting 
for new antibiotics to fight highly 
resistant bacteria (like MRSA). 

David notes, "What I have learned 
over 37 years of treating infectious 
diseases: The micro-organisms are 
smarter than we are." 

Also moving back to NYC (part- 
time) is Bill Meehan. He recently 
bought an apartment in the same 
building as his daughter, Katie Con¬ 
way '02, and his grandsons. He tells 
us he'll be spending "fall/winter in 
Palo Alto, Calif., spring/summer in 
NYC ...backand forth." 

I need to explain that following 
his retirement in 1999 from his 
executive position at the consult¬ 
ing firm McKinsey & Company, 

Bill has been on the faculty of 
the Stanford Graduate School of 
Business. I received a press release 
saying he was honored last spring 
with the Excellence in Leadership 
Award from the school. Aside from 
his teaching. Bill has been involved 
in helping numerous nonprofit 
and cultural institutions (such 
as the San Francisco Symphony, 
the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 
Fordham Preparatory School and 
the United Way of the Bay Area — 
just to name a few). He also man¬ 
ages to find time to be a director of 
Juniper Networks, a major Internet 
hardware company. 

Although he spends most of his 
time in Washington, D.C., manag¬ 
ing Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, the 
law firm he founded 27 years ago, 
Jon Cuneo also has an apartment 


in NYC because he spends a 
fair amount of time doing legal 
work in the area. Last spring he 
was here for a different reason: 

Jon stepped into the boxing ring 
against former No. 1 heavyweight 
contender Gerry Cooney. The 
three-round fight raised money for 
Youth Consultation Service, which 
serves at-risk and special needs 
children and young adults in New 
Jersey. Rumor has it that Cooney 
was "sweating bullets." I was just 
happy not to see Jon listed in the 
obits of the last CCT! 

A note came in from Msgr. Fred 
Dolan in Montreal. He pointed out 
a June 23 New York Times article say¬ 
ing most of the restaurants we saw 
in Seinfeld have long disappeared 
(like H&H Bagels, Kenny Rogers 
Roasters and the Royal Pastry 
Shop). But 17 years after Seinfeld left 
the air, the Times notes: "the gang's 
favorite hangout from the show, 
Tom's, arguably has become the 
most recognizable 'Seinfeld'-related 
tourist attraction in the city." 

The Times went on, "Tom's is 
comfortable with friendly enough 
service and old-world charm; 
it is hard to argue with a bacon 
cheeseburger deluxe for $9.25, 
and you will never go wrong with 
the milkshakes ($5.75). But, really, 
cash only?" 

Aren't those prices a little higher 
than you remember? 

I was reading in the Spring/ 
Summer 2015 issue of Columbia 
Magazine about the new Tang 
Center for Early China, to be 
housed in the Department of East 
Asian Languages and Cultures in 
Kent Hall. As my son has an inter¬ 
est in this area, I researched further 
online. There I discovered that 
Haruo Shirane GSAS'83 is chair of 
this department (as well as being 
the Shincho Professor of Japanese 
Literature and Culture). 

While this column often features 
classmates who change careers, few 
of these changes are as dramatic 
as that of Dean Weber and his 
wife, Lynne. Dean recalled that 
my column a quarter-century ago 
described them as "the ultimate 
yuppie couple." After all, Dean was 
a corporate attorney at Lord Day & 
Lord (and later McDermott Will & 
Emery) and Lynne was an adver¬ 
tising exec. Soon after that 1989 
column, Lynne left advertising to 
attend the Union Theological Semi¬ 
nary and was ordained an Episco¬ 
pal priest in 1994. Five years later. 
Dean left law, also to attend Union 
Theological, and was ordained to 
the priesthood in 2002, as he turned 
50. Dean has since been rector of 
All Saints' Church in Leonia, N.J., 
and Lynne served at St. Elizabeth 
in Ridgewood, N.J., 1993-2000 
and as rector of the Church of the 
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CLASS NOTES 


past 15 years. Dean adds, "In both 
the priesthood and the law, TGIF 
has always meant 'only two more 
working days until Monday,' with 
the difference that I now feel I have 
the best job in the world." 

There you have it. Classmates 
moving back to NYC in their 
"golden years" and enjoying 
their careers and time with their 
families. Other classmates are 
continuing to explore new careers 
or are moving to the top of their 
longtime passions. Whatever is 
going on in your life, send in news, 
because your friends of nearly half 
a century want an update! 


75 


Randy Nichols 

734 S. Linwood Ave. 
Baltimore, MD 21224 


rcn2day@gmail.com 


It was an amazing reunion week¬ 
end. Your Reunion Committee 
took the best of our collective WAIs 
(Wild-Ass Ideas) and, I think, deliv¬ 
ered a couple of outstanding WEEs 
(Wildly Exciting Experiences). 

We had a great turnout. The 
following classmates were seen 
during the weekend, even if they 
didn't sign up for an "official" 
event: Glenn Bacal, Richard 
Barnett, Jeff Burstein, Fernando 
Castro, Barry Concool, Geoffrey 
Cummings, Lou Dalaveris, Gene 
Davis, Dan Deneen, Jim Dolan, 
Bob Edelman, Ed Firouztale, 
Michael Flagg, David Gawarecki, 
Guy Golembiewski, Bill Havlena, 
Phelps Hawkins, Robert Hebert 
'76, Peter Holliday, David Isby, 
Steve Jacobs, Bob Katz, Gerry 
Keating, Jeff Kessler, Steve Kras- 
ner, Frank Lancellotti, Stewart 
Lazow, Charlie Lindsay, Robert 
Lopez, Barry Mahler, Ira Malin, 
Richard Mattiaccio, Fran Minarik, 
Albert Mrozik, Randy Nichols, 
Joe Pober, Matt Rizzo, Ken Scher- 
zer. Bob Schneider, Rick Shur, 
Barry Sorrels, Roger Stefin, James 
Steven, Jason Turner, Joe Vassallo, 
Floyd Warren and Sigmund 
Wissner-Gross. The class photo 


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MAIL to the address at the 
top of your column. 


is packed and, when partners/ 
spouses are added, we fill the 
frame. (Spouses/partners, sorry — 
there just isn't enough room to list 
your names, too.) See it at college. 
columbia.edu/ cct/summer 15. 

On Thursday evening, some of 
us met at the Columbia Univer¬ 
sity Club of New York as guests 
of SEAS'70 after our event was 
canceled at the last moment. 

Dean James J. Valentini dropped 
in to greet us and welcome us to 
reunion. Afterward, Jim Dolan, 
Penny Liberatos BC'74, Ira Malin 
and Randy Nichols had dinner at 
Aureole New York, Charlie Palm¬ 
er's restaurant. Jim's brother. Bill, 
installed its kitchen and hooked 
up the group with executive chef 
Marcus Gleadow-Ware, who sent 
over several wonderful surprises. 

Thanks, Bill! 

On Friday morning, David 
Gawarecki, Randy Nichols and 
several others hung pieces for the 
Sam Steinberg 2015 exhibition. We 
ended up with more works and 
more display space than expected, 
and so displayed more works than 
planned. As the final touches were 
going up, a couple of special guests 
arrived and David gave them an 
in-depth tour. The exhibit was 
launched with Hershey bars on the 
guest book table. 

Before lunch on Friday, a group 
of us took advantage of being on 
campus on a weekday: We had 
our own tour of St. Paul's Chapel. 
We were greeted by current chapel 
associate Loren Myers GS'18, 
and Randy Nichols and Phelps 
Hawkins (both of whom have 
history with the chapel) shared 
their stories. We tried to listen to 
some audio clips, but had techni¬ 
cal difficulties. Those clips are 
part of a larger set of a walking 
tour of campus; you can listen to 
them at columbia.edu/content/ 
self-guided-walking-tour.html. In 
addition to enjoying the chapel, we 
really got the first chance to visit 
with and talk with one another. 

Our Friday evening event was a 
reception for the class and guests at 
the Sam Steinberg 2015 exhibition. 
Some of our guests were members 
of SEAS classes but we were also 
honored to have two major non¬ 
alumni contributors to the exhibi¬ 
tion, Craig Bunch and William 
Glaser. People visited the exhibi¬ 
tion and enjoyed food, drinks and 
camaraderie in the lounge outside 
the Broadway Room on the second 
floor of Alfred Lemer Hall, where 
the exhibition was held. As the eve¬ 
ning went on, a young man played 
the grand piano and chairs and 
coffee tables were pushed closer 
together as people really enjoyed 
one another's company. 

The Broadway Room was 
full and abuzz most of Saturday 


afternoon. A group of Barnard '75 
women came through, as did many 
others. In mid-afternoon, Fernando 
Castro came forward to give a dra¬ 
matic reading of his poem Forever 
Sam 1971-1975. The poem is posted 
to the Sam Steinberg Facebook page 
(facebook.com / Steinberg2015), 
as are some fil m clips of Fernando 
reading. It was a fitting capstone 
to the exhibit. 

By now, you should have 
seen our Class of 1975 reunion 
photograph, taken at our class 
dinner. There was a great turnout, 
and it was held in one of the grand 
spaces at Columbia: the Joseph 
Pulitzer World Room in the Jour¬ 
nalism School, where the Pulitzer 
Prizes are announced. It was a 
ramshackle lounge until it was 
rebuilt and rededicated in 1954. 

The huge stained glass window 
that dominates the room was sal¬ 
vaged from the New York World 
Building, which was demolished 
for an approach to the Brooklyn 
Bridge. The name of the room was 
proposed by former executive edi¬ 
tor of The New York World, Herbert 
Bayard Swope, and Joseph Pulitzer 
II spoke at its dedication. Fitting for 
the space, Dr. Kenneth Scherzer 
introduced Kenneth Jackson, the 
Jacques Barzun Professor in His¬ 
tory and the Social Sciences, who 
entertained us and regaled us with 
his stories of New York. 

We had another mini-reunion at 
the 7 Carman elevator on Sunday 
morning during check-out. Mike 
Flagg, Barry Mahler and Randy 
Nichols had all stayed on the 
floor. Randy was in the room that 
he shared with Jose Martinez 
and suitemates Charlie Lindsay 
and Bill "Mac" McCarthy '74. 

The rooms seemed smaller than 
they were back then. And, do you 
remember the desk chairs with the 
shallow angle on the base at the 
back, so you could lean back in 
your chair but only so far? We had 
them then, and Carman has them 
now. Are they the same chairs? 

Thank you to all who attended 
any part of reunion, or who didn't/ 
couldn't but still worked to make 
our 40th an outstanding success. 
Pictures have been posted to the 
class Facebook page (facebook.com/ 
ColumbiaNY C75). 

Now to other details about 
classmates: 

Geoff Cummings will be put¬ 
ting together property in Costa 
Rica and will be offering some kind 
of opportunity to visit or buy in. 

Geoff, send details! You said we 
could be enjoying the tropics with 
you by winter. 

Deflategate is probably not 
in the news everywhere, but in 
Boston, quarterback Tom Brady's 
NFL hearing was headline mate¬ 
rial. At least on the local Boston 


stations, Jeff Kessler LAW'77 was 
seen walking in with the defense 
team and commented that they 
had "presented a compelling case," 
according to one newscaster. When 
asked to comment for CCT, Jeff 
added, "We never had these issues 
with Columbia football." 

Jose Martinez couldn't make 
reunion, but sent along a Class 
Notes scoop. He recently learned 
that tennis star Henry Bunis 
moved back to the Cincinnati area. 
Last August, Jose ran into Henry 
and his wife at a tennis tourna¬ 
ment there as part of the run-up 
to the US Open. Henry came to 
Columbia from Cincinnati but 
has lived on the East Coast since 
we graduated; Jose said he would 
be in touch with Henry about 
local Columbia activities. There 
is a hardy group of Columbia 
alums in Cincinnati, and Jose is 
one of them. He adds, "You won't 
believe this, but one of the fre¬ 
quent participants is the Columbia 
College alumnus who did my 
admissions interview in 1971." 

Peter Garza-Zavaleta was in the 
process of moving back to Spain at 
reunion time. He has been posting 
luscious pictures of his new home 
and gardens to his Facebook page. 
He said at the time, "Maybe we 
can see each other there, or at the 
next reunion... Have a great time, 
will miss you all." 

Bill Havlena BUS'86 and Susan 
Holak BUS'85 recently celebrated 
their 30th wedding anniversary. 
They met as students in the market¬ 
ing Ph.D. program at the Business 
School, where Bill started in the 
M.B.A. program four years after 
graduating from the College. After 
about 20 years teaching in Texas 
and New York, Bill left academia to 
join Dynamic Logic, now Millward 
Brown, leading a group doing 
real-world evaluation of advertis¬ 
ing campaigns. Susan stayed in the 
academic world and is founding 
dean of the School of Business at the 
College of Staten Island, CUNY. In 
April 2002, Susan and Bill adopted 
a daughter, Elena, from Smolensk, 
Russia. She had spent several weeks 
with them the previous summer as 
part of an exchange program run 
by Kidsave when she was 8. Elena 
recently finished her junior year as 
an illustration major in the Hartford 
Art School at the University of 
Hartford. Bill still rides his bike, 
although not as much as a few 
years ago, when he had a serious 
accident. He is still interested in 
classical music and opera (a love 
that led him to the now-named Fio- 
rello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music & 
Performing Arts) and he still plays 
the harpsichord in his spare time. 

Mark Levy is now partner at 
Covington & Burling in Washing¬ 
ton, D.C. 


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Moses Luski grew up in 
Charlotte, N.C., surrounded by 
art collected by his parents. As an 
adult, Moses has been motivated 
to collect and to share art. The 
Moses Luski Contemporary Col¬ 
lection was displayed throughout . 
the UNC Charlotte Center City 
campus. Though artwork is often 
presented in traditional gallery 
settings, this diverse exhibit was 
found on the many floors of a 
modem urban building, adjacent 
to classrooms, lecture halls, faculty 
offices and meeting rooms. The 
goal, according to UNCC Gal¬ 
lery Director of Galleries Crista 
Cammarroto, was to "invite daily 
critique and reflection." 

Richard Mattiaccio commuted 
freshman year at the College and 
got to his first college exam in Pro¬ 
fessor Herbert Terrace's behavioral 
psych class more than an hour late 
because of a snowstorm. He had 
to backtrack in the Bronx because 
the switches had frozen on the 
Broadway local, and he ended 
up on Lenox and 116th. When he 
finally got to the test after a nearly 
three-hour trek, he was soaked and 
exhausted. They would not give 
any extra time. Rich says, "That 
was the sweetest 'A' I ever got." 

"Some priests are known for 
their work among the poor, others 
for their learning, still others for 
decades of service to a parish. The 
Rev. C. John McCloskey III, a 
priest of the traditionalist Opus Dei 
order, has a different calling. He 
makes converts, often of the rich 
and Republican." So started a June 
12 New York Times article on CJ, 
who preaches, publishes, pastors 
and is otherwise engaged in his 
work in California. 

After 29 years in private 
practice, Floyd Warren joined 
the NYU Langone Faculty Group 
I Practice this past November, 

where he is clinical professor 
in neuro-ophthalmology. There 
are no retirement plans in his 
immediate future, he says! His 
younger daughter graduated from 
Rochester in June, so there are no 
more tuition checks in his future. 
They do road trips seeing the 
various baseball stadiums (stadia? 
maybe we can channel Karl-Lud- 
wig Selig), and his older daughter 
lives in NYC and works in public 
relations. Floyd and his wife, Jane, 

| have been happily married for 

27 years and have enjoyed being 
empty nesters for four years. 

You will see and read more about 
reunion in the next few issues, as 
other classmates are poked and 
prodded to send details. It was an 
f amazing weekend. Sam Steinberg 

2015 was so well received! Class¬ 
mates and friends had a wonder¬ 
ful time during the weekend. We 
will continue to post class photos 


and other news on facebook.com/ 
ColumbiaNY C75. 

There is a sad (and that word is 
nowhere near enough) outcome 
to report. Bill Ross, Mike Rosen, 
Mike Gordon and Joe Lipari all 
contributed Sams to the exhibition, 
and they were among the 60 Sams 
that were accidentally discarded 
at the end of the weekend. (Mike 
Flagg's little centaur survived and 
has been returned to him.) More 
information, and pictures of the 
exhibition, is on facebook.com/ 
Steinberg2015. 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26l0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 


76 


Ken Howitt 

1114 Hudson St., Apt. 8 
Hoboken, N.J. 07030 


kenhowitt76@gmail.com 


Our 40th reunion plans are well 
under way. Please save the dates, 
noted at the top of the column. 
Events will start on Thursday night 
and continue until Sunday morn¬ 
ing. There will be more information 
coming through the mail and email. 
Hope to see a lot of you there. 

At Qass Day this past May, 
four '76ers proudly carried the 
bicentennial class' banner: Dan 
Baker, Michael Sackler, Howard 
Berg and me. All of us are also 
proud parents of recent College 
graduates. Both Michael and 
Howard are proud fathers of 
members of the Class of 2015. 

Dan Baker's consulting practice 
is going well and he's been spend¬ 
ing a lot more time on campus since 
he and his wife, Rebecca, got a place 
on the Upper West Side. He says, "I 
enjoyed helping carry our Class of 
'76 banner at Class Day and hearing 
Eric Garcetti '92, SIPA'93's address 
to the graduates (perhaps he'll be 
the second College grad president?). 
And in June my son, Ben Baker '07, 
BUS '14, was married in St. Paul's 
Chapel with the reception at Faculty 
House. Two generations of alumni 
were in attendance, including Gara 
LaMarche, Vin Briccetti, Jeffrey 
Gross '73, Bruno Santonodto '66 
and my daughter/Ben's sister, 

Sarah Baker '10." 

Rich Rohr wrote: "I had to make 
an abbreviated visit to Dean's 
Day this year, as my parents were 
moving to assisted living on that 
day. I suspect that many in our class 
feel sandwiched between helping 
their parents and supporting their 
children. Nonetheless, I was able to 
hear an amazing lecture by Valerie 


Purdie-Vaughns '93, associate pro¬ 
fessor of psychology, describing her 
research into how racial prejudice 
directly impairs intellectual func¬ 
tioning and how psychological sup¬ 
port can be beneficial. Her personal 
story is also fascinating, having 
been told in high school that 'people 
like you (i.e., black) don't get into 
Columbia and they don't finish.' 

She proved the counselor wrong 
on both counts, and Dean James 
J. Valentini counts on her now as 
a close adviser. I wish I could talk 
about all the classmates with whom 
I connected at Dean's Day but the 
attendees tend to be elderly. We all 
have busy lives but I encourage you 
to take one day a year to remind 
yourself of the fabulous intellectual 
resources at Columbia." 

Leeber Cohen writes from 
Illinois: "I am a professor in the ob/ 
gyn department at Northwestern. 
My expertise is in ultrasound and 
my most recent research has been 
in screening for congenital heart 
defects and in 3D/4D ultrasound. I 
am an avid amateur cellist. My wife, 
Elizabeth BC'75, LAW'79, works for 
the American Bar Association and 
is an expert in legal ethics. She loves 
sewing and tailors most of her own 
clothes. We have one son, Jonathan, 
who is an equestrian and a manager 
for showbams in Wellington, Ha., 
and Warren, Vt" 

Terry Corrigan is living the 
good life in North Carolina. He 
writes, "We've been busy here 
in Pinehurst between work and 
hosting a number of players in last 
summer's U.S. Women's Open 
and this year's Rolex Girls Junior 
Championship and North & South 
Amateur Championships. Looking 
forward to a trip to Ireland to relax, 
visit relatives and play golf." 

Rich Scheinin checked in with 
details from California: "I have 
three sons: Jesse (26) is a saxophon¬ 
ist and bandleader in Brooklyn; 
Max (30) is a writer in Austin; and 
Ben (34) is a contractor in Maui, 
with two sons of his own. So my 
wife, Sara Solovitch BC'76, and I 
are grandparents. 

"Sara and I met in spring '76 
(we lived across the hall from each 
other) and got married in '79. She's 
a journalist, too, and we moved 
a lot in our early years, from 
newspaper to newspaper around 
the East Coast, before landing in 
Santa Cruz. I've been a writer at 
the San Jose Mercury News since 
1988. From 2003 until March 2015, 

I had my dream job as the paper's 
classical music and jazz critic. But 
as newspapers decline, arts cover¬ 
age tends to get the shaft. I'm now 
covering residential real estate — I 
went from Mahler to mortgages. 

Oh well, still pretty interesting." 

That's the latest! Remember to 
send in your news and current info; 


you can email me or submit a note 
online: college.columbia.edu/ cct/ 
submit_class_note. If you are com¬ 
ing to NYC, please get in touch. I 
am only a Hoboken ferry ride away 
from Midtown and would enjoy 
catching up, maybe even going to a 
Columbia basketball game and then 
dinner at V&T. Also, reach out to 
me, or to either of the staff members 
listed at the top of the column, if 
you want to participate in 40th 
reunion planning. 

Hope to see you soon. 



David Gorman 

111 Regal Dr. 
DeKalb,IL 60115 


dgorman@niu.edu 


This is the first time that I can recall 
running an empty column twice in 
a row — I trust that this is just one 
of those things. The fall is an active 
time for most, and if you have any¬ 
thing to share with classmates, it is 
not hard to get in touch with me. 
Please submit your Qass Notes to 
my email address at the top of the 
column or online at college.colum- 
bia.edu/ cct/ submit_class_note. 
Your classmates want to hear from 
you! See you in December. 


78 


Matthew Nemerson 

35 Huntington St. 
New Haven, CT 06511 


matthewnemerson@ 

gmail.com 


You will read this in the fall as 
school starts and the Lions "restart" 
their football program yet again. 

I write, though, in the heat of 
summer, as I am about to spend 
some rare and lovely time with my 
and my wife's families, who will 
descend on our weekend home 
in The Berkshires during the next 
three weeks. August with family 
brings me back to the '60s and 
early '70s, when a professor's life 
in America meant a month off and 
packing the wife and kids off to a 
slower and different world (in our 
case, to Massachusetts' Cape Cod). 
These were, in hazy retrospect, 
strange times with parallel grown¬ 
up and child-oriented days and 
activities. Watching and listening 
to my parents and their friends — 
drawn together on the Cape from 
the great universities of Harvard, 
Yale, Columbia, UC Berkeley and 
NYU (they were mostly shrinks and 
esoteric medical researchers) — was 
exhilarating and a bit voyeuristic. 

It was the time of assassinations, 
riots in Chicago, landing on the 
moon. The War and also drugs, 
mate swapping and Erica Jong. 
And our parents were in their 
late 30s and early 40s in a time 
when mores and customs were 


FALL 2015 













The Columbia university Marching 
Band gets the crowd pumped up 
during the 1979 Homecoming game. 

PHOTO: CCT ARCHIVES 


being rebuilt. Despite our often 
younger kids, youthful bodies and 
Internet- and Columbia-fed minds, 
I wonder if our conversations 
and activities this summer are as 
interesting and groundbreaking as 
those we overheard 45 years ago 
from our parents. 

Our column question this 
month was, "What 7 s your favorite 
vacation spot?" 

Tom Bisdale writes from New 
Jersey, "My youngest graduated 
from college this spring, so now 
if s between me and the banks. 

For vacations it is hard to beat the 
North Carolina Outer Banks, espe¬ 
cially when sharing an off-road 
house with the Goldbergs '77 and 
BC'77, Rosenthals '77 and Lubkas 
'76 and BC'77." 

Alex Demac is also thinking 
about children and college. "This 
spring my eldest son graduated 
from college, my second got on 
deck for his final college year, my 
third son graduated from high 
school and the fourth got ready for 
11th grade," he says. "Shepherd¬ 
ing my children from adolescence 
to adulthood is humbling and an 
admixture of hope and trepidation." 

John Nastuk commented on my 
missive about leaving the 50-some¬ 
things next year: "What do you 
mean you're still 50-something? I 


turned 60 this past December. Like 
you, achy and tired, but what else 
is new? My 'News on the March' 
is that my second son is gainfully 
employed (or is that finally?) as an 
engineer, making three of them in 
the house all driving Mom crazy! 
We have a summer cottage on the 
lake in Sanbomville, N.H., 70 miles 
north of home (Danvers, Mass.) 
and it has an excellent 'magic beer 
fridge' on the porch!" 

Dr. Richard Schloss has a 
decidedly international take on 
life and vacation: "I work full-time 
in my private practice in general 
psychiatry in Huntington, N.Y. 

My wife, Meredith Jaffe NRS'82, 
is a dentist who divides her time 
between practices in Huntington 
and Hampton Bays, N.Y. Our 
older son, Bradley ('09 Hofstra), 
graduated from Touro Law Center 
in May and our younger son, Jason 
(T3 Pratt), entered a master's pro¬ 
gram in digital game design at LIU 
Post in September. We will have 
gone on vacation in Copenhagen 
and Reykjavik from late August to 
early September. My favorite vaca¬ 
tion spots and trip destinations 
are San Francisco, Paris, London, 
Amsterdam and St. Maarten." 

Another international note 
comes from Carl Strehlke GSAS'86: 
"I will publish on November 30 a 


catalogue of the Bernard and Mary 
Berenson Collection of European 
Paintings at I Tatti (in Florence). 

I now live full-time in that city. 

[And what a city! I went there 
last summer. — MN] My favorite 
summer vacation spot is certainly a 
small town called Limni in Euboea, 
Greece, usually as a guest of Don 
Guttenplan and family. Otherwise, 

I like the Italian side of Monte 
Bianco. That is not to say I don't 
like Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; 
Northeast Harbor, Maine; and any 
big European capital." 

James Hill, who is with the New 
York office of the U.S. Treasury in 
New York, told this tale: "In sum¬ 
mer 1975,1 arranged to deliver an 
orange sporty Karmann Ghia from 
my hometown of St. Louis to San 
Francisco. The owner gave me 60 
bucks, six weeks and unlimited 
mileage to drop it off in the Bay 
Area in one piece. I blasted through 
com fields in Kansas, toured 
national parks and backpacked 
on long hikes throughout the west 
including Estes Park, the Grand 
Canyon, Sequoia National Park 
and Yosemite. After the drop, I put 
my thumbs up, hitchhiked back 
home to St. Louis and resumed my 
lifeguard job at a city pool. 

"That autumn semester, while 
reading Sea Fever by John Masefield 


in a literature class, I got hooked by 
wanderlust in the final verse: 

"7 must go down to the seas again, 
to the vagrant gypsy life, 

To the gull's way and the whale's 
way, where the wind's like a whetted 
knife. 

'"And all I ask is a laughing yam 
from a merry fellow-rover. 

"'And a quiet sleep, and a sweet 
dream, when the long trick's over.' 

"Well, cheers that it ain't over 
yet, my friends." 

I guess musicians don't get to 
think about vacations much, but 
Steven Bargonetti always sends 
us his latest clips from Variety — 
impressive as usual. "I recently 
received the Boston Theater Critics 
Association's 2015 Elliot Norton 
Award for Outstanding Musical 
Performance by an Actor, for Father 
Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 
2, & 3) at the American Repertory 
Theater (Harvard) and The Public 
Theater (NYC)," he says. "The 
Elliot Norton Award is Boston's 
equivalent of the Tony Awards." 

Congrats, Steve! 

Another one of our regulars is 
Paul Phillips, from Brown, who 
also gives us an update on his 
accomplishments but no summer 
fun stories. "My CD Music for Great 
Films of the Silent Era, Vol. 2, was 
released in April. This 'Film Music 


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COLLEGE T( 


CLASS NOTES 


Classics' Naxos recording of music 
by William Perry was recorded in 
Dublin last year and is my second 
disc with the RTE National Sym¬ 
phony Orchestra of Ireland. This 
year I conducted and produced two 
other CDs for Naxos, both with the 
Brown University Orchestra, which 
are scheduled for release next year." 

Fred Lahey SOA'84 is also in 
the arts and writes from the west, 

"I run the Colorado Film School, 
which has now been recognized 
by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, 
Backstage and ICG (International 
Cinematographers Guild) Magazine 
as among the best in the world. 

I've most recently developed 
software, TheiaSys, which creates 
a virtual economy for film schools, 
so students experientially under¬ 
stand how the industry works 
before graduating." 

Ed Ferguson writes about cam¬ 
pus activities (I am embarrassed 
to say I don't know the details, so I 
look forward to someone filling me 
in soon): "Just sitting here watch¬ 
ing the river flow and wondering 
what is going on with alma mater's 
obsequious kowtowing to the cult 
of triggered victimhood, mattress- 
toting and reputation-smearing 
that is taking college campuses by 
storm. The University administra¬ 
tion should truly be ashamed at 
how miserably it has acquitted 
itself on these issues, running at 
top speed from the very principles 
that animate the Core — particu¬ 
larly intellectual rigor and integrity 
and a fearless and optimistic will¬ 
ingness to engage on the merits." 

"Most likely to be asked about 
the Iran agreement next time you 
see him" is, of course. Ambas¬ 
sador Chris Dell. He says, "I'm 
based in Angola, the latest pearl 
in my Bechtel crown. I've been 
visiting Bechtel's liquid natural 
gas project in Soyo, at the mouth 
of the Congo. This is impressive 
stuff and a real feat of human 
skill to bring all this together in 
such a remote place! Otherwise, 
life is good. My favorite vacation 
spots are traveling in and around 
the Rila Mountains of Bulgaria." 

Rob Blank (from beautiful and 
suddenly politically relevant and 
complicated Madison, Wis.) tells 
us, "I have happily spent a day 
smoking meat on my patio and 
look forward to doing so several 
more times before our (all too short) 
summer ends here in Wisconsin. 
Professional accomplishment brings 
decidedly less pleasure than a treat 
for the taste buds does. I am headed 
back to NYC and Connecticut for 
visits; I may live in Wisconsin, 
but I will always be a New Yorker 
— sorry, I don't consider myself 
a Connecticuter!" [Rob, we say "Nut- 
megger," for reasons I will explain next 
time I see you. — MN] 


We close on a sad note: Aaron 
Saul Greenberg tells us, "With 
great sadness I report the death 
of Dr. Jonathan Aranoff PS'82. 
Jonny was the brightest person I 
ever knew. He was Junior Phi Beta 
Kappa and summa cum laude; he 
had no problem getting A-plusses 
in the hardest pre-med courses at 
Columbia. He was fiercely competi¬ 
tive, but always with good spirits 
and fun. We will miss him terribly." 

Send updates when you can 
and I hope to see some of you at 
Robert K. Kraft Field soon. Enjoy. 


79 


Robert Klapper 

8737 Beverly Blvd., Ste 303 
Los Angeles, CA 90048 


rklappermd@aol.com 


Victor L. Garcia was ordained a 
priest by the Capuchin Franciscan 
Friars of the Province of St. Mary 
on June 13. Victor decided to enter 
religious life several years ago; 
he is now based at St. Joseph the 
Worker Church in East Patchogue, 
N.Y., and sends greetings of pax et 
bonum to all. ( For those of you play¬ 
ing at home, that means, mazel tov!) 

David J. Hachey happily reports, 
"Recently celebrated my 37th year 
as an adviser with Northwestern 
Mutual, which includes one year as 
an intern in 1978. What 7 s even more 
exciting is that my oldest daughter, 
Lindsay, who was married two 
years ago, joined my group earlier 
this year as an adviser. It has been 
wonderful having her in the office 
and she will likely be part of my 
succession plan moving forward. 
I'm equally proud to report that my 
youngest daughter, Carly NRS'14, 
who graduated from Hamilton in 
2012, works at NewYork-Presbyte- 
rian Hospital/Columbia University 
Medical Center and is studying to 
be a nurse practitioner. How won¬ 
derful it is to have one daughter 
following my footsteps at North¬ 
western and another daughter car¬ 
rying on the tradition at Columbia." 
(For those of you playing at home, that's 
called “levelling.") 

Jeffry Frieden GSAS'84's new 
book is out: Currency Politics: The 
Political Economy of Exchange Rate 
Policy. It's an academic book, of 
interest at best to a handful of schol¬ 
ars (and maybe to some specula¬ 
tors). (For those of you playing at home, 
this is mazel tov; we're levelling!) 

This column is dedicated to the 
memory of Dr. Jonny Aranoff '78, 
PS'82. For many of us, Columbia 
was not a warm and nurturing 
environment. It was a cold and 
intimidating experience. Semanti¬ 
cally one might call that its "charm" 
but we all know the truth: There 
was nothing charming about it. The 
four years for me were like a war. 
Each class I took in the required pre- 



Chris Chu '17, Mike Brown '80, Shawn FitzGerald '80 and Christian 
FitzGerald '17 played a round of golf at the Friar's Head Country 
Club in Riverhead, Long island, in late July. 


med courses was a different battle, 
and the greatest combat I saw was 
organic chemistry. 

I was not blessed with a high 
school that offered AP classes, so 
surviving freshman chemistry took 
everything I had and then some. 
The syllabus for the laboratory 
was written by a professor. Miles 
Pickering, who described himself 
(I couldn't make this up if I wanted 
to) as the "czar" of freshman chem¬ 
istry. What a warm and nurturing 
individual he was! 

But the looming battle for me 
and the one that would decide my 
future as a doctor was a "Desert 
Storm" called organic chemis¬ 
try. Enter Jonny, my angel from 
above. It was the beginning of my 
sophomore year that I met him 
[and he became] one of the greatest 
friends I met during my four years 
at Columbia. I'm writing this story 
because on April 27,2015, Jonny 
passed away but his imprint will 
stay with me forever. 

I sat next to him my entire 
sophomore year in Professor 
Charles Dawson GSAS'38's organic 
chemistry class, which I would not 
take officially until my junior year. 
Jonny let me watch and learn how 
to master this class. At the end of 
the year it was his used textbook 
that I read that allowed me to see 
things about the subject that the 
professor could not articulate. 
Jonny taught me the real meaning 
of "the eyes don't see what the 
mind doesn't know." 

After graduation, I visited Jonny 
in his apartment and glanced at 
the two books on his coffee table: 
One was in Aramaic and analyzed 
the Talmud and the other was the 
recent annual proceedings of the 
American Physical Society: Divi¬ 
sion of Astrophysics — books that 
only Albert Einstein could under¬ 
stand. But Jonny was my Einstein 


and all that I have achieved and 
accomplished in my life as a 
surgeon would not have happened 
if our paths hadn't crossed. Colum¬ 
bia as an institution is not what 
nurtured us; it was the classmates 
whom we were lucky enough to 
meet who really enriched us. God 
bless you, Jonny, and thank you. 
Save me a seat next to you for the 
next class we'll take together. 

Roar, lion, roar! 


Michael C. Brown 

London Terrace Towers 
410 W. 24th St., Apt. 18F 
New York, NY 10011 
mcbcu80@yahoo.com 

It 7 s fall in NYC, the leaves are turn¬ 
ing and the cool nights feel good 
after the hot summer. Football is 
on our minds and coach A1 Bagnoli 
has the team back in a competitive 
mode. There is still a lot of work to 
do, but the early signs are encour¬ 
aging. Jim Schachter and the news 
team at WNYC have been provid¬ 
ing coverage of the Lions' progress, 
and listeners can expect more to 
come. The Class of '80 plans to be 
well represented at Homecoming 
on Saturday, October 17, with AJ 
Sabatelle, Mario Biaggi and Char¬ 
lie LaRocca cheering on the team. 

I still can't get "Breakfast 
Special" by Needle Dik out of my 
head after the band's great perfor¬ 
mance during Alumni Reunion 
Weekend; many thanks to Needle 
Dik for a fun night. Steve Gendler 
stopped by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 
during the show. Steve is a real 
estate executive in Philadelphia, 
with a focus on nonprofits in 
education and healthcare. 

Dan Johansson is the CEO of 
ACMH, which provides commu¬ 
nity outreach and promotes the 
wellness and recovery of persons 



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with mental illness in NYC. It was 
great to see Dan at reunion. 

Hope to see you at a football or 
basketball game this season. 

Drop me a line at mcbcu80@ 
yahoo.com or submit via CCT's 
webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct / submit_class_note. 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26l0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 



Michael Kinsella 

543 Nelliefield Trl. 
Charleston, SC 29492 


mgkl203@gmail.com 


Fall greetings! It's a lighter column 
than usual, no doubt due to sum¬ 
mer plans and travel, but please 
keep me updated on the latest and 
I'll do my best to fit your news into 
a future issue. 

In New York City, Ethan Halp- 
em is the latest class member to add 
a branch to the Columbia tree! His 
daughter, Shira BC'19, started at 
Barnard this fall. 

Congratulations, Ethan, and we 
look forward to your impressions 
of the campus, as it has been far too 
long since many of us have visited. 

For those visiting NYC in the 
coming months, Kirby Gookin 
is co-curating an exhibition, "The 
Value of Food," with his partner/ 
wife Robin Kahn BC'82, at the 
Cathedral Church of Saint John 
the Divine, right in Columbia's 
neighborhood. The exhibition 
will be placed throughout the 
cathedral and its grounds; it is 
scheduled to open on October 6 
and run for six months. 

Kevin Fay recently returned 
from a week in the Middle East 
(specifically, Saudi Arabia and Bah- 


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rain) on business but is otherwise 
enjoying the hectic pace of the busi¬ 
ness world stateside. 

Also, Edward Klees recently 
returned from an exciting vacation 
in Iceland. 

It's good to see our classmates 
are enjoying adventures far 
beyond the Big Apple. 

Please keep me updated on 
your events, achievements and 
travels — I look forward to hearing 
from you! You can email me at the 
address at the top of this column 
or submit a Class Note through the 
CCT webform college.columbia. 
edu/ cct/ submit_class_note. 


Andrew Weisman 

81S. Garfield St. 

Denver, CO 80209 
weisman@comcast.net 

Greetings, gents! As I put pen 
to paper, Greece just narrowly 
avoided Grexit, the United States 
and Cuba have moved in together 
(opening up embassies in their 
respective capitals) and we just 
got ourselves a 16th Republican 
candidate; always room for one 
more clown in the clown car... In 
the interest of full disclosure. I'm 
not a big fan of any members of the 
Democratic slate either! 

Checking in this period is one of 
our most creative classmates, Scott 
Simpson SOA'85, who has been 
writing screenplays since earning a 
master's in film. Scott has received 
many honors for his screenwriting; 
in 2006, he was named a semifinalist 
for screenwriters in the Austin Film 
Festival. He was also a quarterfinal- 
ist for a 2008 Nicholl Fellowship 
in Screenwriting, a quarterfinalist 
in the 2009 Fade In Awards and a 
quarterfinalist for the 2009 PAGE 
International Screenwriting Awards. 

So here's where this story 
gets really interesting. Scott was 
recently selected by the nonprofit 
Arctic Circle to participate in a 
unique expeditionary residency 
program. The group has a self- 
described mission to create "a 
nexus where art intersects science, 
architecture, education, and activ¬ 
ism — an incubator for thought 
and experimentation for artists and 
innovators who seek out and foster 
areas of collaboration to engage in 
the central issues of our time." 

Scott was selected for this honor 
based on a screenplay. The MacKen- 
zie Breakout (penned in 1983!), that 
he submitted to the organization. 
Recently updated, "ITs an apoca¬ 
lyptic Western, very much inspired 
by the movie Mad Max 2: The Road 
Warrior," Scott says. Rather than set 
his story in the Australian outback 
like the famous Mad Max film that 
inspired him, Scott chose the Arctic 
as the basis for his tale. 


The result is that Scott, who 
is based in Washington Heights, 
along with 24 other artists, writers 
and photographers, will head off 
in October to spend three weeks 
sailing on a tall ship through the 
waters of the international territory 
of Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago 
just 10 degrees latitude from 
the North Pole. If anyone would 
like to get behind Scott's efforts, 
his GoFundMe campaign can 
be found at gofundme.com/ 
texpatriot. I'm certainly going to! 


Roy Pomerantz 

Babyking / Petking 
182-20 Liberty Ave. 
Jamaica, NY 11412 
bkroy@msn.com 

From a Dormitory Authority of 
the State of New York press release 
regarding Gerrard Bushell: "New 
York State Governor Andrew 
Cuomo has appointed Gerrard P. 
Bushell to the role of president/ 

CEO of the Dormitory Authority 
of the State of New York (DASNY), 
one of the nation's leading issuers 
of tax-exempt bonds, and a major 
source of capital for infrastructure. 
DASNY is a key player in building 
partnerships to develop and help 
shape New York State's social 
infrastructure. DASNY provides 
financing and construction services 
for public and private universities, 
hospitals and health-care facilities 
and other not-for-profits that serve 
the public good. 'I am excited by 
the opportunity to serve Governor 
Andrew Cuomo and the people of 
New York State as we commence on 
an ambitious journey,' says Gerrard. 

"Gerrard is currently a senior 
relationship advisor in BNY Mel¬ 
lon's alternative and traditional 
investment management busi¬ 
nesses. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, 
Gerrard has held a number of 
senior advisory roles; they include: 
director in the Client and Partner 
Group at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts 
& Co. (KKR), managing director in 
Business Development at Arden 
Asset Management, and the head of 
institutional sales at the Legg Mason 
affiliate, ClearBridge Advisors (for¬ 
merly Citi Asset Management)." 

I also had the pleasure of speak¬ 
ing with Gerrard on the telephone. 
Unbeknownst to me, Gerrard was 
a high school classmate of Wayne 
Allyn Root. Gerrard shared some 
great stories, including a rave 
review of the pastrami served 
at the local delicatessen owned 
by Wayne's father. Gerrard also 
marched in the Alumni Parade of 
Classes; Andy Gershon, Stuart 
Lutzker, Ed Joyce, Steve Coleman 
and my son Ricky also joined in. 

Andy Gershon reports: "[At 
this writing,] my wife, Gail, and 




I are preparing for our nest to 
empty out next August, as our 
kids, twins Alex and Sophie, 
will head off to college. Sophie 
graduated from Stuyvesant H.S. in 
Manhattan, where she distin¬ 
guished herself academically and 
athletically. Sophie was named an 
AP Scholar with Honors after her 
junior year and is a National Merit 
Scholar finalist. One of the top 
soccer goalies in the city, she was 
captain of the girls' soccer team 
and started for the Public School 
Athletic League team in the 2014 
NYC Mayor's Cup Soccer All-Star 
Game. On the basketball court, she 
led the city in rebounding and was 
named All-Manhattan Westchester 
Second Team as a junior (The Daily 
News has yet to make selections 
for last season). As a senior, she 
was captain of the girls' basketball 
team, averaging 20 points and 14 
rebounds per game, and was again 
chosen to play in the Mayor's Cup 
All-Star Game for basketball, in 
which she led the PSAL team in 
scoring. Sophie also started at first 
base and batted cleanup for the 
Stuyvesant softball team. 

"She was featured on Time 
Warner's channel NY1 as a NYC 
Scholar Athlete of the Week and 
also took the field at Yankee 
Stadium as a New Era Pinstripe 
Bowl Scholar-Athlete. Sophie 
will be pursuing her interest in 
computer science and playing 
basketball at MIT. 

"Despite being bom with 
a genetic disease and seizure 
disorder that seriously impairs his 
cognitive abilities, Alex became 
a fine travel team pitcher. He is a 
6-foot-6 lefty with a knuckleball 
who throws lots of strikes and has 
played with and against many 
college-bound baseball players. 

As of this fall, Alex will attend the 
REACH Program for special needs 
students at the College of Charles¬ 
ton in South Carolina." 

Also marching was Stuart 
Lutzker GSAS'89, PS'90, VP of 
biooncology exploratory clinical 
development for Genentech. His 
son Sam Lutzker '15 studied sociol¬ 
ogy and East Asian languages. Stu¬ 
art also has kids attending Harvey 
Mudd College and Swarthmore. 

Steve Coleman wrote in before 
daughter Sarah Coleman '15's 
graduation: "I am going to join the 
Alumni Parade of Classes at Class 
Day. This year, I have a vested 
interest. I was thinking about 
that time many years ago when 
we marched together. I still don't 
remember what year it was or why 
I was there, but you juggled the 
entire length of the march and it 
was special." 

Mark Momjian and his wife, 
Melineh SIPA'86, were also proud 
to attend their son David Momjian 


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'15's graduation. David will attend 
the University of Cambridge in 
the fall for an M.Phil. program in 
human evolutionary studies. Mark 
and Mel's younger son, Gregory 
'17, will also attend Cambridge 
this fall as part of the junior-year 
Oxbridge Scholars Program. Mark 
also shares that this year was his 
dad A1 Momjian '55's 60th reunion! 

On May 14,1 attended the 
Columbia/Barnard Hillel Gershom 
Mendes Seixas Award Dinner at 
the Robert K. Kraft Center for Jew¬ 
ish Student Life honoring Michael 
Lustig '86 and Dr. Judith Schwartz. 
My wife. Dr. Deborah Gahr, and 
Schwartz are ob/ gyns in private 
practice in NYC and have a shared 
commitment to medicine and the 
Kraft Center. 

Ken Gruber '82 writes in: "Hello, 
gentlemen. I am leaving my house 
in Toronto after 20 years. I'm a pack- 
rat who is downsizing, so am going 
through a major purge. As I was 
going through old clippings, maga¬ 
zines, etc., I came across a Columbia 
College Today from 1990.1 immedi¬ 
ately flipped to the Class Notes for 
my year, assuming there was some 
blurb about me, and indeed there 
was (I had recently moved here 
from the States). As I was about to 
toss the mag in the garbage, a big 
black-and-white photo caught my 
eye on the same page. The photo is 
of President Barack Obama with 
this note: 'The election of Barack 
Obama '83 last February as the first 
black president of the Harvard Law 
Review commanded wide attention 
in the press. However he empha¬ 
sized to a reporter, "It is important 
that stories like mine aren't used to 
say that everything is OK for blacks. 
You have to remember that for 
every one of me there are hundreds 
or thousands of black students with 
at least equal talent who don't have 
a chance." Mr. Obama spent four 
years after college heading a com¬ 
munity development program on 
Chicago's South Side before enroll¬ 
ing in law school. Bom in Hawaii 
— his late father, Barack Obama Sr., • 
was a Kenyan finance minister and 
his mother, Ann Dunham, an Amer¬ 
ican anthropologist — Mr. Obama 
was largely raised in Los Angeles 
and Indonesia. In interviews with 
the Harvard Law Record, law review 
members said it was Mr. Obama's 
combination of "outstanding legal 
scholarship and experience as a 
community organizer, in addition 
to his inclusive leadership style, 
that distinguished him from the 
crowded field of candidates" for the 
editorship, to which he must devote 
about 60 hours a week.'" 

Wayne Allyn Root writes: 
"Finding out Donald Tmmp is a 
fan was a wonderful development, 
and getting his endorsement of 
my book was a nice development. 



The Class of 1983 was well represented at the Alumni Parade of Classes on Class Day. Left to right: 
Andy Gershon, Steve Coleman, Stuart Lutzker, Roy Pomerantz, Gerrard Bushell, Ed Joyce and Pomer- 
antz's son Ricky. 


Then I received an invite to a pri¬ 
vate gathering at [casino magnate] 
Sheldon Adelson's home for an 
intimate dinner with President 
George W. Bush. 

"I'd met W. at the White House 
Hanukkah dinner in 2006 with 
my wife, Debra. We had a chance 
to tour the White House and chat 
with George and Laura. But there 
were a couple hundred people 
there; this dinner at Sheldon's 
home was a small, private set¬ 
ting. The most special part of the 
night was when [casino magnate] 
Steve Wynn and his wife walked 
in right after me. To be in a living 
room with a former president 
and two of America's richest 
billionaires doesn't happen every 
day. Even W. was impressed; he 
said to the group, 'It's amazing to 
see both Steve Wynn and Sheldon 
Adelson with us ... we have the 
world's gaming market cornered 
in this one living room!' For a 
blue collar SOB (son of a butcher) 
from Mount Vernon, N.Y., whose 
parents never went to college, 
this was a great thrill. I've come 
a long way. As Don King would 
say, 'Only in America!"' 

William R. Spiegelberger 
writes: "On June 12,1 was elected 
as a member of the supervisory 
board of Strabag SE, the Austrian 
construction company, but will 
continue to be director of the inter¬ 
national practice department at UC 
Rusal in Moscow." 

Andrew Botti sent me the most 
incredible bookmark with images 
of his original artwork (oil on 
canvas). I was blown away! In fact, 
Andrew was our Class Notes cor¬ 


respondent in 1990 (as noted in the 
CCT sent to me by Ken Gruber '82). 

From Jon Ross: "[As I write,] I 
am in the Philippines, on the east 
coast of the island of Samar, an area 
that is in the direct path of Pacific 
typhoons (especially Haiyan in 
2013 and Ruby in 2014). Here is 
an update on the good work my 
company, MicroAid International, 
is doing building permanent 
houses for survivors. I remind you 
that we stay focused on areas after 
the world's attention has moved 
on (rest assured that MicroAid 
will go to Nepal down the road, 
when the earthquake survivors 
will still need our help). As with all 
disasters, here in the Philippines 
there are many people who have 
not received assistance years after 
the typhoon disasters. 

"The people here say 'maopai' 
for 'hello,' because they speak 
Warai not Tagalog; Samar is like 
its own country. They are fierce 
and independent but they have 
been friendly and helpful to me. 
They are aware that MicroAid is 
a small family of supporters who 
understand people still need help. 
They are grateful. So am I." 

Kevin Chapman sent a fascinat¬ 
ing summary of his trip to Las 
Vegas to play in the World Series of 
Poker. "I've been playing for many 
years and really enjoy tournament 
poker. So, on my bucket list for a 
long time has been going to Vegas 
for the World Series. I cashed in on 
two of the smaller daily tourna¬ 
ments but did not make the big 
money in either of the champion¬ 
ship events that I entered. But I 
came home with slightly more 


money than I arrived with, which 
is definitely a success." 

From a press release about 
Kenneth Chin: "Kramer Levin is 
pleased to announce that banking 
and finance partner Kenneth Chin 
has been inducted as a fellow into 
the American College of Commer¬ 
cial Finance Lawyers. The ACCFL 
extends fellowships by invitation 
only, and after careful investiga¬ 
tion, to those lawyers who have 
achieved preeminence in the field 
of commercial finance law and 
exemplify the highest professional 
and leadership standards. Mr. Chin 
has more than 25 years of experi¬ 
ence providing legal and transac¬ 
tional advice to a wide variety of 
clients in corporate and financing 
transactions. He has been recog¬ 
nized by Chambers USA, The Best 
Lawyers in America and New York 
Super Lawyers as a leading lawyer, 
and in 2014 was named one of the 
Outstanding 50 Asian Americans 
in Business by the Asian American 
Business Development Center." 

I look forward to seeing class¬ 
mates at the CC basketball games 
and to checking out German bas¬ 
ketball player Lukas Meisner '19. 


E H| Dennis Klainberg 

A I Berklay Cargo Worldwide 
U 14 Bond St., Ste 233 
Great Neck, NY 11021 
dennis@berklay.com 

Straight from the funny pages 
comes Carr D'Angelo's latest 
thought bubble: "My wife, Susan 
LS'85, and I celebrated our 12th 
anniversary as the owners of 


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Earth-2 Comics in Sherman Oaks, 
Calif., this past March. Hard to 
believe we opened the shop in 
2003. We also recently returned 
from the ComicsPRO Annual 
Membership Meeting, where I was 
re-elected VP of the trade associa¬ 
tion for comics shop owners. In 
July, I went to San Diego to judge 
the Will Eisner Comic Industry 
Awards, which are given out each 
year at the Comic-Con Interna¬ 
tional: San Diego. The Eisners are 
essentially the Oscars for the comic 
book and graphic novel industry, 
with awards for best writer, artist, 
series, graphic novel, etc.... Appar¬ 
ently, Columbia now has a major 
comics library and archive as well. 
Maybe I should look into that." 

Longtime reader, first-time con¬ 
tributor Robert Rubinson writes: 
"I've lived in Baltimore for 16 years 
with my wife, Randi Schwartz, 
a psychologist, and my children, 
Stella (15) and Leo (13). I teach at 
the University of Baltimore School 
of Law and am director of clinical 
education there. What's been on 
TV is not, by any stretch, represen¬ 
tative of all of Baltimore although, 
unfortunately, it is representative 
of part of it. I am involved a bit 
in helping to improve things: The 
clinical program I direct enables 
students to represent low-income 
clients and engage in community 
development initiatives. It's fulfill¬ 
ing work and I hope it's helping to 
make things a little better here." 

Congratulations to Karim 
Assef BUS'86 on being named co¬ 
head of Bank of America's global 
investment bank. Karim was my 
high school classmate and, coinci¬ 
dentally, my "seatmate" on both 
the LIRR (we were both commut¬ 
ers at the start) and in Professor 
(now General Studies Dean) Peter 
Awn's Lit Hum class that first 
Monday of classes. 

This year's Dean's Day included 
a Columbia University Band 
affinity reception and viewing of a 
long-forgotten 1935 Universal Pic¬ 
tures short film (only 18 minutes!). 
Meet the Professor!, featuring the 
Columbia University Band. Set on 
a college campus (not Columbia), a 
young woman — either a reporter 
or a prospective student — takes 
notes while following a professor 
(not Selig, but pretty reminiscent!), 
takes a tour (which includes a gym 
filled with acrobats) and culmi¬ 
nates with a band (not named 
Columbia, but really Columbia) 
playing (for no particular reason) 
"Who Owns New York," "San 
Souci" and "Stand Up and Cheer." 
Lucky for them, they actually 
played and are designated as "The 
Columbia University Band" in the 
film credits. Special thanks and 
congrats to band alumni leaders 
Dan Carlinsky '65 and Samantha 


Rowan BC'96 for finding and 
obtaining this little gem. 

Perhaps some of you might 
remember that in 1984 (literally 
the week after graduation) our 
generation's Marching Band was 
hired to participate as a unit (albeit, 
uncredited) in Turk 182. Wearing 
our band uniforms with a red 
bandana to mask our CU identity, 
we hobnobbed with actors Timothy 
Hutton, Robert Urich, Peter Boyle, 
Robert Culp, Darren McGavin and 
Kim Cattrall for a week of shooting 
on Roosevelt Island from dusk to 
dawn! Unlike that 1935 band, union 
rules prohibited us from playing, so 
the songs were added "in post," as 
they say. Still, our band — including 
Ira Gilbert as conductor and yours 
truly, Dennis Klainberg, playing 
trumpet — can be seen (best on 
wide screen) acting/playing at the 
tail end of the movie. 

As I'm the last name in boldface 
this time, let me also congratulate 
my son Adam on his successful 
graduation in finance and account¬ 
ing from SUNY New Paltz. 


Jon White 

16 South Ct. 

Port Washington, NY 
11050 

jw@whitecoffee.com 

Our 30th reunion is over, but we 
will continue the momentum until 
our 35th! 

I will need several columns to 
fully report on the festivities; kudos 
to John Phelan and Leslie Smartt 
for leading the reunion effort on 
the planning and communications 
fronts. Many thanks also to Joe 
Titlebaum, who developed a 
great questionnaire that solicited 
interesting info about us and led to 
great discussions. The results: 

The Class of '85 attended school 
for an average 3.74 years beyond 
our graduation; has lived in 2.08 
countries and 3.2 states; has had 
4.08 jobs; has been married 1.05 
times and have 2.18 children. The 
most jobs reported was 10, the least 
was one; the most children reported 
was six, several respondents 
reported zero; the most marriages 
was three; all respondents reported 
at least one year of post-graduate 
education, one reported 12 years; 
and there is an inverse relationship 
between times married and number 
of children. 

From Tom Vinciguerra JRN'86, 
GSAS'90: "Had a ball at the 
reunion. No matter how closely I 
stay in touch with alma mater, only 
when I reconnect with a critical 
mass of classmates do I recapture 
what life in the College felt like. 
Thank you, all who were there. 

"My book Cast of Characters: 
Wolcott Gibbs, E.B. White, James 



Thurber, and the Golden Age of The 
New Yorker will be published in 
November. In October, the Philo- 
lexian Society will celebrate the 
30th anniversary of its revival. It' s 
difficult to convey the pride I feel 
in having dusted off and nurtured 
this oldest and most essential of 
Columbia student activities." 

Joel Feldman is married to 
Pamela Schwartz BC'85 and has 
three children: Isaiah '18 (19); 
Gabriel (17), rising high school 
senior; and Talia (14), rising high 
school freshman. "Since 1993, 
we have been happily living in 
Northampton, Mass.," says Joel. 
"We've traveled quite a bit (lived 
for six months in Oaxaca, Mexico, 
with the kids, and spent all of last 
summer in Ecuador — desperately 
trying to become fluent in Spanish, 
but not quite there yet!). 

"I went to Harvard Law School, 
graduated in 1988 and began a 
career in poverty law, doing legal 
aid work from 1988 to 1994, then I 
was the litigation director of a fair 
housing organization in Holyoke, 
Mass., for three years. I founded a 
private law firm that serves poor 
people in western Massachusetts 
with housing, employment, 
consumer and discrimination prob¬ 
lems. We had grown this year to 
seven lawyers, until some turnover 
in the last couple of months. 

"Our services have been a 
national model, and I have been 
active through state / national 
bar associations trying to recruit 
attorneys to use our fee-shifting 
model locally and nationwide. I 
am on the Massachusetts Access 
to Justice Commission, attempt¬ 
ing to solve the problem of scarce 
legal resources for the poor; have 
taught at many seminars; and 
have also taught at Western New 
England School of Law (our local 
law school)." 

Mitch Regenstreif is in Manhat¬ 
tan Beach, N.Y., and his law firm 
is doing well (up to 70 lawyers). "I 
focus almost entirely on real estate 
transactions," he says. "My wife, 
Ellen Regenstreif '88, is busy with 
her travel business (she is a travel 
agent/consultant focusing on 
family travel, hence her company 
name, Child Tours — find her on 
childtours.com). Our kids keep 
her busy too. Our oldest, Nina, is 
a sophomore at Penn; our second 
daughter is in her senior year in 
high school and our baby, Grace, is 
in seventh grade." 

Heather Paxton lives in Prairie 
Village, Kan. She says: "In my 
younger days, I worked for several 
small magazines and wrote books 
for Kansas City organizations that 
celebrated significant anniversa¬ 
ries. In 2006, my book about the 
first 150 years of the Kansas City 
Board of Trade was published. 


I half-seriously consider it a col¬ 
lector's item, as the Kansas City 
Board of Trade was purchased by 
the Chicago Mercantile Exchange 
in 2012, which closed it in 2013. 

"I was one of journalist Stephen 
Fried's research assistants on his 
book about [19th-century restau¬ 
rant and travel industry entre¬ 
preneur] Fred Harvey, Appetite 
for America: Fred Harvey and the 
Business of Civilizing the Wild West 
— One Meal at a Time. Last fall, I 
took a two-week driving trip to 
New Mexico and Arizona, visiting 
Harvey-related sites including 
three hotels: La Posada (restored 
and reopened in Winslow, Ariz.), 

La Fonda (still in business in 
Santa Fe, N.M.) and La Castaneda 
(being renovated in Las Vegas). 

I'm a FredHead and would love to 
hear from relatives of the Harvey 
family, anyone who worked for the 
company or who is a descendant 
of a Harvey girl/other employ¬ 
ees. I also would be delighted to 
correspond with collectors of Fred 
Harvey memorabilia. I admin¬ 
ister a Facebook group, Harvey 
Girl Descendants (search for it by 
name), open to those interested 
in Harvey. My email addresses 
are hpaxton@kc.rr.com and 
alwayshnp@gmail.com." 

Brian Cousin and his wife, 
Barbara Mehlman, celebrated their 
24th anniversary in July. "We live 
in Larchmont, N.Y., and have three 
boys. Sam (19) is a sophomore at 
American in Washington, D.C., 
and worked this past summer for 
Lawyers Alliance for New York, 
an NYC not-for-profit. Eli (16) is 
a senior at Mamaroneck H.S. and 
[this past summer] was a camp 
counselor and baseball specialist 
at a sleepaway camp in Pennsyl¬ 
vania. Jake (12) is in eighth grade, 
spent the summer at the same 
camp and is being bar mitzvahed 
in September. 

"Professionally, I am fortunate 
and actually enjoy being a lawyer. 
I'm a partner with Dentons and 
leader of the firm's global employ¬ 
ment and labor practice group. 
With Dentons' combination with 
a leading law firm in China, 
(pronounced 'da CHUNG'), and 
its recent merger with McKenna 
Long & Aldridge, the firm will 
have about 6,600 lawyers and 
professionals in 125 locations 
across 50-plus countries. My 
practice group will have more than 
350 lawyers across more than 30 
countries. While I still do much 
U.S. litigation and counseling, 
my practice increasingly involves 
coordinating global teams and 
advising multi-national companies 
on cross-border matters. It's very 
interesting and challenging. 

"I attended the [reunion] cock¬ 
tail party and ballet on Thursday 


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night, and dragged my 12-year- 
old to the Saturday barbecue and 
campus tour before returning on 
Saturday night for the class dinner 
and Starlight Reception. In addi¬ 
tion to seeing and catching up with 
old friends in person, I emailed 
or spoke with others who could 
not make it. I hope to build on the 
reunion momentum and spend 
more time with my Columbia (and 
Barnard) friends." 

Richard Maimon lives in Center 
City, Philadelphia, with his wife, 
Susan, and sons (12 and 15) and 
is a partner in the KieranTim- 
berlake architecture firm. His 
current projects include the new 
U.S. embassy in London; a new 
building for NYU that will include 
athletics, academics, performing 
arts and housing; an addition and 
renovation to the Tulane School of 
Architecture; a redesign of LOVE 
Park/John F. Kennedy Plaza in 
Philadelphia; and renovations to 
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 
also in Philadelphia. Richard is also 
active on the boards of the Arden 
Theatre Company and the Ameri¬ 
can Institute of Architects. He says, 
"Great to be back at Columbia, to 
catch up with the Class of '85 and 
to see progress on the new Man- 
hattanville campus. Looking for a 
better '85 turnout next time." 

From Michael Coudreaut 
PS'90, who lives in Utah: "Great 
to see everybody. Eleven Jay was 
well represented and I enjoyed 
getting to know many whom I 
recognized but didn't know in 
college. Drinking on Low Steps 
and getting backstage access to the 
New York City Ballet (thanks to 
John Phelan's daughter) were the 
most memorable parts of reunion. I 
work for Intermountain Healthcare 
at Intermountain Medical Center 
as a consultation liaison psychia¬ 
trist; my wife, Kimberly, works 
for the same company in PR. Our 
daughter, Tillie, graduated from 
pre-K and was voted the class 
expert in Frozen. She wants to be a 
ballerina when she grows up. Our 
son, Curtis, is starting fourth grade 
this fall and plans to be the goalie 
for the U.S. World Cup Soccer 
team in 2026. We recently returned 
from the kids' first multi-day, self- 
guided rafting trip on the Green 
River. It is one of the advantages 
of living here, but my ballerina is 
not a fan. I am a partner in a Utah 
distillery — we make Five Wives 
Vodka and Underground Herbal 
Spirit, among other things. Ask for 
it at your local liquor retailer." 

Colin Redhead: "My wife, Anne 
Redhead '87, and I live in Mount 
Kisco, N.Y., and have four kids: 
Andrew (19) is a sophomore at 
Grinnell; Matthew (16) is a senior 
at Fox Lane H.S.; Sarah (12) is in 
seventh grade at Fox Lane; and 



Columbia/Barnard Hillel honored Michael Lustig '86 with a Gershom Mendes Seixas Award to thank 
him for his support of Jewish student life at Columbia. Attending the award ceremony were, left to 
right: Alon Mogilner '86, Sam Katz '86, Lustig and Everett Weinberger '86. 


Chris (10) is in fourth grade at 
Mount Kisco Elementary. We're 
hoping that either Sarah and/or 
Chris attend Columbia. 

"Since leaving Columbia, except 
for two years off for business 
school, I have worked in financial 
services, primarily debt capital 
markets for several banks including 
J.P. Morgan, Chemical, Chase and 
one bond insurer, MBIA. In early 
2104,1 interviewed for the position 
of deputy treasurer at Columbia. I 
thought it was a unique opportu¬ 
nity; the University is experiencing 
dramatic growth while several 
schools are maintaining or improv¬ 
ing their selectivity in many areas. 

It is a very different institution from 
the one we left. I remain connected 
with the crew program, fundrais¬ 
ing and as a member of the Rowing 
Advisory Committee." 

From Glenn Alper: "News 
from my wife, Lynne, and me: Our 
oldest son, Teddy, graduated from 
Penn State last year with majors in 
business management and Span¬ 
ish, and a minor in international 
business; he works at investment 
bank Stifel Nicolaus as an analyst 
in the San Francisco office. Our 
daughter, Evelyn, graduated this 
year with a major in food science 
from UC Davis and started a job in 
product development, also in the 
Bay Area. Our younger son, Elliot, 
is a sophomore at the University 
of Washington and is studying 
business. Lynne and I continue our 
medical practices unchanged, me 
as an obstetric anesthesiologist in 
Berkeley, Calif., and her as an inter¬ 
nist at UC Berkeley's University 
Health Services. Now in the empty 


nest phase, we are traveling more 
and trying to catch up with old 
friends. The reunion was excellent. 
I really enjoyed catching up with 
everyone and hearing about all the 
varied life experiences." 

Steve Carty notes: "My wife, 
Makiko Yamamoto, and I had a 
wonderful time at reunion, catch¬ 
ing up with my classmates as well 
as track/cross country teammates. 
We look forward to making it to 
the 35th. We now have another 
College alum in the family — our 
daughter, Monica Carty '15." 

Congrats, Monica! 

Noah Sabin is a neuroradiolo¬ 
gist at St. Jude Children's Research 
Hospital in Memphis, where he 
does clinical work and research 
on brain tumors and on adult 
survivors of childhood cancer. He 
writes, "My wife, Joanne Levine, 
is a pediatrician. My oldest child, 
Rebecca, started her junior year of 
high school this August. She has 
begun to look at colleges and had 
a nice introduction to Columbia at 
reunion! I also have two sons who 
began eighth and sixth grades this 
fall. I've been in Memphis for six 
years and enjoy it, especially the 
work at St. Jude." 

Joe Dapello unfortunately 
had to miss reunion — his New 
York-based law firm, Schreck Rose 
Dapello & Adams, recently opened 
an office in Beverly Hills. His 
practice still focuses on represent¬ 
ing actors, writers and directors 
in film, television and theater, but 
now they'll officially be doing it on 
both coasts. 

Tim Tomasi had a fun time at 
the 30th. "I especially loved singing 


with stray members of the 
Glee Club at the Sundial," he says. 
"I stayed in Carman with my 
freshman roommate Joel Feldman 
and corralled Barry Ableman to 
come into the city for brunch on 
Sunday. It was great to catch up 
with everyone. 

"I am a Superior Court judge in 
Vermont. I cover the criminal, civil 
and family court dockets. Vermont 
is one of the few states where 
judges change courts every year 
or two. So, I never know where I 
will be stationed from year to year. 
It's a tough but rewarding job. My 
wife, Vivian Ladd Tomasi BC'86, 
and I have three children. Our 
oldest daughter is a sophomore 
in college, our middle daughter is 
headed to college this fall and our 
son is in eighth grade. Hope to see 
even more folks for the 35th." 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26l0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 
Everett Weinberger 
50 W. 70th St., Apt. 3B 
New York, NY 10023 
everett6@gmail.com 

Jonathan Rutchik updated us on 
his amazing 50th year travels to 
multiple continents while keeping 
his neurology and occupational 
medicine practice thriving in the 
San Francisco Bay Area. "I began 



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:ge TODAY 


2014 with a fabulous road trip 
starting in Buenos Aires, then 
through Salta in the north, to 
Bolivia's southern cities and salt 
flats, then through Chile's Atacama 
Desert to Santiago. Los tres (my 
wife, Beth; son, Rex (now 8); and 
me) loved taking a manual four- 
wheel drive through these amaz¬ 
ing high-altitude spots and seeing 
Andean nature and culture. 

"Spring break found us in 
Paris and Monte Carlo celebrat¬ 
ing our 10-year wedding anni¬ 
versary, where les trois Rutchiks 
watched tennis stars Roger 
Federer, Novak Djokovic and 
Rafael Nadal on red clay. 

"For my birthday in May, I 
ventured solo to the Canadian 
arctic and northern Baffin Island to 
observe Inuit traditional lifestyle 
and to see narwhal, bowhead 
whale, polar bear and seal in the ice 
floe edge! It was a trip of a lifetime, 
no doubt. I also went searching for 
jaguar in the Pantanal, Mato Grosso, 
Brazil, on a motorized house boat 
for a week in the fall with an Ameri¬ 
can researcher studying birds and 
animals. Quite amazing! 

"In December we went to 
Morocco to visit Casablanca and 
the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez 
and Marrakesh, where I had 
worked 22 years ago as a volunteer 
doctor with an international 
organization. Seeing old friends 
was terrific but road tripping by 
ourselves to the south (where we 
slept deep in the Sahara in a cara¬ 
van tent) was even more fabulous! 
The year was filled with happiness, 
love, health and a lot of photogra¬ 
phy and watercoloring!" 

Congratulations to Michael 
Lustig on receiving the Gershom 
Mendes Seixas Award from 
Columbia/Barnard Hillel at a 
dinner on May 14 in Low Library. 

It was a mini-reunion, as in atten¬ 
dance were Sam Katz; Meir Feder; 
Alon Mogilner; Guy Reiss and his 
wife, Barbara Tepler Reiss BC'86, 
SW'94; and me. Michael is presi¬ 
dent of Columbia/Barnard Hillel 
and has deep involvement with 
the UJA-Federation of New York, 
chairing a number of its commit¬ 
tees. He's a trustee of Congregation 
Shearith Israel, also known as the 
Spanish and Portuguese Syna¬ 
gogue of New York, the oldest Jew¬ 
ish institution in North America, 
and lectures for two classes at the 
Business School. 

Michael had a 25-year career at 
BlackRock, where he was a senior 
managing director overseeing 
structured products and deriva¬ 
tives trading. He also created the 
firm's training program and led 
that effort for 15 years. 

Rick Wolf has already started 
working on our 30th reunion and 
has set up a Facebook page for our 


class; please search for "Columbia 
College, New York Class of 1986." 
Let's greatly increase the number 
of group members, which was at 
29 as of July. Once there, click on 
whether you'll attend our 30th 
reunion, which will be held Thurs¬ 
day, June 2-Sunday, June 5. 


Sarah A. Kass 

PO Box 300808 
Brooklyn, NY 11230 
ssk43@columbia.edu 

The Class of '87 has been very busy 
of late in the academic arena. 

Lee Ilan shared the great news 
about her Carman suitemate Alix 
Gitelman, who recently was pro¬ 
moted to full professor of statistics 
at Oregon State. Alix majored in 
computer science at Columbia and 
earned an M.S. in mathematics 


from Portland State and a Ph.D. 
in statistics from Carnegie Mellon. 
She joined the Oregon State faculty, 
where she focuses on environmen¬ 
tal statistics, in 1999. 

In more academic news, Arthur 
Small recently began a stint as 
a visiting fellow at Cornell in 
the Charles H. Dyson School of 
Applied Economics and Man¬ 
agement, and Eli Kavon's essay, 
"Beyond the Dark Ages: Modem 
Jewish Historians and Medieval 
Judaism," was published in the 
Journal of the Interdisciplinary Study 
of Monotheistic Religions of Doshi- 
sha University in Kyoto, Japan, in 
April. Eli is a regular blogger for 
The Jerusalem Post website. 

The academic hits keep coming! 
Edward Bethel recently completed 
a Ph.D. at Concordia College. His 
work was titled "A Systematic 
Review of One-to-One Access to 
Laptop Computing in K-12 Class¬ 
rooms: An Investigation of Factors 
That Influence Program Impact." 

Well done! 

Edward, who is on the faculty 
of the College Of The Bahamas, 
also wrote that he spent his 50th 
birthday running his third Mara¬ 
thon Bahamas! 

Impressive! 

Dan Botich shared the story of 
how he celebrated a milestone: "I 
spent a 50th birthday week with 
my son, Peyton, and nephews, 
Derek Taylor and Brent Biggs, in 
five national parks and areas in 
south central Utah canyoneering, 
rappelling, hiking, backpacking 
and camping. We visited Capitol 


Reef National Park (Cassidy Arch); 
Grand-Staircase Escalante National 
Monument's Hurricane Wash — to 
access the Glen Canyon National 
Recreation Area's Jacob Hamblin 
Arch, Cliff Arch and Coyote Gulch; 
Bryce Canyon National Park for 
sunrise, including the canyon 
trail loops and hoodoos; and Zion 
National Park's Angels Landing 
for sunset. It was an amazing mara¬ 
thon, spending time away with no 
access to wireless or mobile phone 
service. Nature at its best, and we 
shared lots of stories around the 
evening campsite, including some 
that my son is now old enough to 
hear... but not all. 

"Happy 50th to everyone in 
our class. Make it a memorable 
day, week or month." 

In career moves, Judy Kim 
now lives in London, where she is 
launching her derivatives consult¬ 


ing company, Judy J. Kim (UK). I 
had hoped to see her when I was in 
London in May, presenting a paper 
at the first World Congress for 
Existential Therapy, but as always, 
Judy was working crazy hours. 

Next time, Judy! 

Margaret McCarthy started in 
November as a research associ¬ 
ate at the Bronfenbrenner Center 
for Translational Research at 
Cornell. She continues to teach 
trial advocacy at Cornell Law and 
to maintain a private law practice 
representing children and indigent 
adults on appeal. 

Michael Burke has joined New 
York Life as COO of the New York 
Life Foundation and as corporate 
VP in the corporate responsibility 
department. Michael is respon¬ 
sible for New York Life's internal 
operations, including fiscal over¬ 
sight, nonprofit oversight, vendor 
and project management, and 
general governance. 

We of the Class of '87 are also 
incredibly well-rounded — we 
have a bounty of artistic as well 
as academic talents. Magaly 
Colimon-Christopher, who has 
appeared in countless episodes 
of the Law & Order franchise as 
well as on Guiding Light, recently 
released a short film that she wrote 
and directed. Her Tory deals with 
life and loss and healing, all topics 
near and dear: youtube.com/ 
watch?v=ZVKT3Beeutk. 

Keep those 50th birthday stories 
coming — those of us with fall 
and winter birthdays are dying to 
know. Inspire us! 


n Eric Fusfield 

1945 South George 
Mason Dr. 

Arlington, VA 22204 
ericfusfield@bigfoot.com 

Our only update for this edition is 
a sorrowful one. Julia Perry Law¬ 
rence, wife of Richard Lawrence 
and mother of Magnus and Ginny, 
passed away in January. Richard 
delivered a moving eulogy at her 
funeral that does more justice to 
her memory than anything I could 
add, so I will simply provide you 
with excerpts: 

"Julia had a great capacity to 
inspire others, both by her example 
and her ability to teach — not 
something that I'm confident that 
she ever really realized... She felt 
that in the light of climate change 
and given her own skills and 
interests, the best place for her to 
work was in sustainable develop¬ 
ment. She set up a local charity 
and also her own consulting 
business, but she found it hard to 
find projects that really excited her. 
In 2012 she succeeded, taking the 
role of sustainability manager at 
the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in 
Slimbridge, England — a charity 
involved with saving some of the 
world's most vulnerable species 
in the world's most vulnerable 
habitats, and a charity with a 
strong commitment to sustainable 
development. She loved it there, 
she felt valued and she felt that she 
had a huge amount to contribute. 

"She had very little time to do it. 
In November 2012, Julia and I were 
both working from home one day. 
Julia had a bad taste at the back of 
her throat, and felt uncomfortable. 
We thought that this may be tonsil¬ 
litis, and called the doctor. An hour 
later Julia started a series of fits, and 
I called an ambulance. A couple 
of hours later, Julia was in A&E 
[accident and emergency] and I was 
told that she had a large mass in her 
brain — clearly a tumor. A few days 
later, Julia had a brain resection to 
remove the tumor, an operation 
that we knew had significant risk 
of death or serious damage given 
its size and position. Julia's life was 
never the same again. 

"I don't want to dwell too much 
on the two years that followed, 
but they did show some of Julia's 
finest qualities. She was excep¬ 
tionally brave, always positive 
and heroically determined. After 
her first operation she lost almost 
all movement on her left side — 
she could wiggle one toe and roll 
her wrist slightly —: and her abil¬ 
ity to think clearly (very impor¬ 
tant to Julia) was badly affected, 
too. She fought back, despite a 
number of challenges (including 
a rapid regrowth of the tumor), to 
walk again and to make it home 



Her Tory, a new film written and directed by 
Magaly Colimon-Christopher '87 on the subject 
of grief and healing, debuted on June 10. 


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CLASS NOTES 


Alumni Sons and Daughters 

Sixty-one members of the College Class of 2019 and six members of the Engineering Class of 2019 
are sons or daughters of College alumni. This list is alphabetical by the parent(s)' last name. 


STUDENT 

PARENT 

STUDENT 

PARENT 

STUDENT 

PARENT 

Christopher Alleyne 

Neville Alleyne '79 

Yoon Ah Han 

Jinduk Han '85 

Abigail Rubel 

David E. Rubel '83 

La Jolla, Calif. 


Hong Kong 


Chatham, N.Y. 


Jessica Antiles 

Seth Antiles '89 

Andrew Hauser 

Mark Hauser '84 

Lani Sader 

Neil Sader '80 

South Orange, N.J. 


New York City 


Overland Park, Kan. 


Anna Berkowitz 

Ruth Berkowitz '94 

Jacob Hyman 

Joshua Hyman '85 

Nicole Scheck 

Martin Scheck '88 

Los Angeles 


Englewood, N.J. 


North Miami Beach, Fla. 


Jesse Zweben * 

Potomac, Md. 

Lynn Charytan '87 

Sarah Joyce 

Edward Joyce '83 

Luke Cregan 

James Shapiro '77 


New York City 


New York City 


Niles Christensen 

Jens Christensen '84 


Jeffrey Kateman '89 

Yuna Shin 


Menlo Park, Calif. 

Hana Kateman 

Duke Shin '89 


Beverly Hills 


Palisades, N.Y. 


Yael Cohen 

Jonathan Cohen '89 and 





Closter, N.J. 

Cynthia Cohen '89 

Olivia Kiely 

Tim Kiely '82 

Ruby Drake 

Kevin Siegel '88 

Atlanta 


San Francisco 


William Connell 

John Connell '76 





Haddonfield, N.J. 

Timothy Kiely 

Tim Kiely '82 

Justin Skelly 

Elizabeth Skelly '92 


Atlanta 


Needham, Mass. 


Victoria Comacchia 

Darien, Conn. 

Thomas Comacchia '85 

Lindsay Kim 

Mamaroneck, N.Y. 

Angela Kim '89 

Gabriel Slaughter 

New York City 

Lawrence Slaughter '85 

Cameron Davis 

Sharon Davis '88 



Great Falls, Va. 


JiMin Ko 

Yu Ko '83 

Gabriella Smith 

Glenn Smith '81 

Christine Desbois 

Marcel Desbois '77 ° 

Lexington, Mass. 


Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 


Scarsdale, N.Y. 


Sophia Koh 

Alexander Koh '86 

Jordan Stepaniuk 

George Stepaniuk '81 

Owen Driscoll 

Brian Driscoll '86 

New York City 


Katonah, N.Y. 


Oakland, Calif. 


Michael Leone 

Nicholas Leone '88 

Justin Strauss 

Jerry Strauss '77 

Gabrielle FitzGerald 

Shawn FitzGerald '80 

Westport, Conn. 


Forest Hills, N.Y. 


Manhasset, N.Y. 


Bryan Markowitz 

Charles Markowitz '82 

Madeleine Stuzin 

Kenneth Stuzin '86 

Caroline Freinberg 

Montclair, N.J. 

David Freinberg '78 

Ocean, N.J. 


Baltimore 



Megan Massey 

William Massey '83 

Benjamin Titlebaum 

Joseph Titlebaum '85 

Aaron Friedman 

Salt Lake City 

Brett Friedman '80 

Ho Ho Kus, N.J. 


Bethesda, Md. 



David Mendelson 

Eric Mendelson '87 

Abigail Van Doren 

Adam Van Doren '84 

Allegra Geanuracos 

London, U.K. 

John Geanuracos '81 

Miami Beach, Fla. 


New York City 




Sias Merkling 

Christian Merkling '82 

Salvatore Volpe 

Salvatore Volpe '82 

Marco Della Genco * 

Holmdel, N.J. 

Robert Genco '86 

Cape Town, South Africa 


Staten Island, N.Y. 




Kurt Moskovitz 

Martin Moskovitz '85 

Ryan Walker 

David Walker '87 

Sandra Goldstein Lehnert Steven Goldstein '76 

Sparkill, N.Y. 

West Orange, N.J. 


Scarborough, N.Y. 


John Gorton 

New York City 


Aaron Schaffer-Neitz 

Robert Neitz '93 and 

Yael Waxman 

Daniel Waxman '89 

James Gorton '84 

Northumberland, Pa. 

Rebecca Schaffer-Neitz '93 

Cedarhurst, N.Y. 

Benjamin Greenspan 

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 

Andrew Greenspan '77 

Brian Ng 

Brea, Calif. 

Fergus Ng '81 

Jackson Welles * 

Montclair, N.J. 

Michael Welles '83 

Jason Hagani 

Woodbridge, Conn. 

James Hagani '85 

Jabari Nuruddin * 

Mansur Nuruddin '93 and 

Daniella Wilner 

Philip Wilner '79 

Rivonia, South Africa Sasha Thomas-Nuruddin '93 

New York City 


Gidon Halbfinger 

Eliezer Halbfinger '88 

Nicholas Puljic * 

Goran Puljic '86 

Brandon Choi * 

Junghyun Youn '87 

Washington, D.C. 

Darien, Conn. 


Garden City, N.Y. 


Eva Hale 

Martin Hale '74 

Natan Rabinowitz 

Steven Rabinowitz '84 

Rebecca Yu 

Song Yong Yu '87 

Weston, Fla. 


Silver Spring, Md. 


Glen Head, N.Y. 


Avidan Halivni 

Isaiah Halivni '88 

Phyllis Rosenblum-Sellers Marc Rosenblum '91 

Nina Zweig 

Jason Zweig '82 

Deerfield, III. 


Washington, D.C. 

and Catherine Sellers '91 

New York City 




* member of the Engineering Class of 2019 ° deceased 




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i AY 


after three months. Shortly after 
this she decided to bake me the 
world's most elaborate birthday 
cake — I think that it was finally 
ready to eat shortly before mid¬ 
night on my birthday — because 
it was something she wanted to 
do and was determined to do. 
Throughout the whole period 
of treatment she was calm and 
interested and never angry, even 
in the most difficult situations and 
after the worst possible news. She 
was delighted, in what turned out 
to be the last throw of the dice, to 
be involved in an experimental 
treatment pioneered by professor 
Steve Gill at Southmead. I think 
that the main reason she was so 
pleased to be involved was not 
so much that it could cure her — 
though that would be an obvious 
bonus — but that someone might 
learn something useful as a result. 
In October 2014, it became clear 
that no treatment would succeed, 
and Julia remained at home with 
her family, including her mother, 
Katherine. Julia died at home on 
January 16,2015, surrounded by 
family, gracefully and in peace. 

"I can see that I've left a lot out. 
No mention of chicken-rearing, 
experimental cider-making, her 
Beaver Scout pack, business men¬ 
toring for The Prince's Trust, the 
quest to write a popular business 
book based on actual research and 
actual science, and her tendency to 
go off and sleep in the woods for 
the night because she felt like it. 

"Julia was a remarkable person 
who made a profound impression 
on a large number of people. She 
was passionate but calm, inspira¬ 
tional but intellectually rigorous, 
a brilliant planner and persuader 
who achieved more than most 
manage in their lives in less time, 
all without her feeling that she 
ever really finished anything. She 
was interested in everything and 
everyone, and she was gener¬ 
ous with her time and with her 
spirit. Given her generosity, she 
wouldn't want to leave a hole 
in anyone's life, she'd be much 
happier to be remembered by 
people asking themselves 'What 
would Julia do?,' 'What would 
Julia say?,' or 'What would Julia 
think?,' in the hope that they'd 
gain some benefit from it. I'd like 
to picture Julia where (except 
perhaps in the company of fam¬ 
ily and friends) I think she'd be 
happiest — in some vast library, 
researching a near-to-impossible 
problem and devising a practical 
plan to solve it to make the world 
a better place for all of us." 

Richard said Julia would 
appreciate it being noted that she 
is buried under a pear tree in a 
small orchard. May her memory 
be blessed. 


Emily Miles Terry 

45 Clarence St. 

Brookline, MA 02446 
emilymilesterry@me.com 

It 7 s with a heavy heart that I report 
the passing of Claudia Lacopo 
on March 31,2015, from ovarian 
cancer. Claudia, a pioneer in the 
technology sector, lived in Haw¬ 
thorne, N.J., and was the director 
of IT for the Bauer Media Group, 
where she worked for nearly 20 
years. As an art history major, 
Claudia was a connoisseur of cam¬ 
pus life on Momingside Heights 
and a beloved friend to many. At 
a celebration of life in her honor, 
Danielle Maged thanked Claudia 
"for sitting at all those special dive 
bars and coffee shops with me at 
Columbia, then after graduation, 
and then in adulthood, talking 
about life, love and the pursuit of 
happiness with only the slant you 
could offer: wry, warm, completely 
honest, self-effacing." 

In her eulogy, Sam Marchiano 
said, "To be Claudia's friend, to 
be one of her people, to be loved 
by her, was her greatest gift. 
Claudia possessed an unending 
reservoir filled with acts of 
kindness, hearty laughter and 
complete commitment." 

Claudia is the godmother of 
Danielle's children, Nicholas 
and Gabriel, as well as of Sam's 
children, Frankie and Cal. She is 
survived by her brothers, Chris 
'84, Jay and Mike; and her parents, 
Charlotte and Mike Lacopo '57 
of Boulder, Colo. Claudia will be 
missed each and every day, and 
those who were close to her are 
so grateful that she enriched and 
touched their lives. 

Recently I have been fortunate to 
connect with Christine Jamgochian- 
Koobatian '87, Teresa Saputo- 
Crerend '87 and Sherri Pancer 
Wolf '90 at events for Columbia 
College Women. Of CCW, Sherri 
(its president) writes, "[The past 
year,] 2014-15, was an exciting 
one for Columbia College Women. 
The new board set out to revitalize 
CCW by increasing programming 
and by focusing on outreach and 
development. CCW's program¬ 
ming has been incredibly success¬ 
ful, ranging from terrific Broadway 
shows and talks, to sponsoring a 
lecture at Dean's Day, to a Senior 
Week event that welcomed more 
than 130 seniors to CCW. CCW's 
signature event was its relaunch, 

A Conversation with Claire Ship- 
man'; CNN correspondent Poppy 
Harlow '05 moderated the April 20 
event. It was a fantastic event with 
more than 200 alumnae." 

Of the event, which took place at 
Casa Italiana, Bonnie Host writes, 
"Poppy Harlow '05 interviewed 
Columbia University Trustee 


Claire Shipman '86, SIPA'94 about 
her book The Confidence Code: The 
Science and Art of Self-Assurance — 
What Women Should Know. It was 
an interesting and informative 
discussion with plenty of humor 
thrown in for good measure. The 
room was packed with old and 
new friends, and everybody had 
a great time. Cindy Cohen (nee 
Ceresney) also attended. Her 
daughter, Yael T9, just started at 
the College. Good luck, Yael!" 

Anyone interested in connecting 
with CCW can email Kim Diamon, 
associate director of alumni rela¬ 
tions: kmd2182@columbia.edu. 

In May, I attended the 25th 
reunion for the Class of '90 with 
my husband, David Terry '90. 

There were a few '89 classmates 
in attendance including Wid Hall 
SEAS'89 and Steve Metalios, 
and it was lovely to catch up with 
some of the fantastic members of 
the Class of '90, including Dave 
Kansas '90; Lauren Bauer Zinman 
'90; Lorin Jamison Stevenson '90; 
Joy Kim Metalios SEAS'90; Sherri 
Pancer Wolf '90, and her husband, 
Doug Wolf '88; and many others. 

While I was registering in the 
now classy and spiffed up FBH 
(now called Alfred Lemer Hall), 
a student approached me to ask 
if I had known Fred Schultz '90, 
who immortalized our Columbia 
room voicemail system in This 
American Life's story about the 
'Little Mermaid Message.' (You can 
find the story at thisamericanlife. 
org / radio-archives / episode / 203 / 
recordings-for-someone under the 
title "Buddy Picture.") 

I was reminded of another 1980s 
moment during a recent tour of 
campus: The tour guide told the 
story of Ken Hechtman, who was 
expelled in 1986 for stealing Ura- 
nium-238 from Pupin Hall. If we 
have reached the point at which we 
have become a layer in Columbia's 
history, I find it reassuring that we 
have captured the interest and at¬ 
tention of today's students. 


Rachel Cowan Jacobs 

313 Lexington Dr. 

Silver Spring, MD 20901 
youngrache@hotmail.com 

Reunion is a few months behind 
us but the memories are still 
vivid! I'm hoping everyone who 
went had as much fun as I did 
reconnecting with and meeting 
classmates, plus seeing the changes 
to campus and the neighborhood. 
Our class had a huge turnout, 
and we were rewarded with our 
Saturday dinner in Low Rotunda. 

I could never begin to report on 
everyone who attended, so here 
is a smattering of updates in no 
particular order. 




Sheri Bonstelle GSAPP'93 
was an architect designing public 
architecture (the Hudson-Bergen 
Light Rail, for example), and trav¬ 
eled the world (including living 
in Switzerland, Japan and India) 
before starting a career in real 
estate development. She earned 
a J.D. from Fordham Law in 2001 
and is a partner at Jeffer Mangels 
Butler & Mitchell in Century City, 
Calif., representing developers. 

She lives in the Silverlake area 
of Los Angeles with her partner, 
Patricia Curry. Sheri reports that 
Amar Sen GSAPP'94 and Erhmei 
Yuan GSAPP'94 live in Park Slope 
(Brooklyn) with their children, 
Khyber, Kora and Kieran. 

Matt Connelly married Sarah 
Kovner in 2007, and they have a 
5-year old daughter, Lily. Matt has 
been teaching history at Columbia 
since 2002. 

Also in the history field is 
Durahn Taylor GSAS'99, who is 
a professor at Pace in Pleasant- 
ville, N.Y., where he recently was 
awarded the university's highest 
teaching honor: the Kenan Award 
for Teaching Excellence. He's put¬ 
ting the episodes of the history TV 
show he produces. Stories in Time, 
with Durahn Taylor, online so you 
can see them. He was especially 
happy to meet the other mem¬ 
bers of our class who are also in 
academe or broadcasting and says, 
"Let's stay in touch!" He can be 
reached at durahn.taylor@att.net. 

If there are other classmates 
he didn't meet who are into 
either broadcasting or academe, 
let him know. 

Matt says he can't help thinking 
about how the world has changed 
in the last 25 years. "We graduated 
in 1990, just as the Cold War was 
passing into history and just when 
the age of computers was about 
to go to the next level as the age of 
the digital online superhighway. It 
would change not only the adult 
world of work but also the way 
in which young people learn in 
school. In many ways, our class 
didn't just straddle two decades; it 
also straddled two centuries. 

"Some of us, in fact, may still 
feel more like 20th-century people 
than 21st-century people. We don't 
necessarily have to lose that; our 
challenge is to be a role model for 
the next generation by combining 
the best of both eras, combining, for 
example, the classic skills of criti¬ 
cal reading and thinking that we 
learned in the 1980s (before books 
were digital) with the information 
and communication savvy that the 
2010s now offer us at the touch of a 
phone screen. In a few years (in fact, 
by the time of our next reunion), 
we'll be in 2020. May that inspire 
us each to take what our Columbia 
education gave us and use it to 


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help give the world a greater 20/20 
vision, a greater clarity about how 
we got where we are and where we 
should go from here." 

Ijeoma Acholonu Ejeh PS'94 
left private practice in September 
2014 to join Cape Fear Valley Medi¬ 
cal Center in Fayetteville, N.C., as 
its first bariatric surgeon. She says 
it's going great! The job isn't scary 
but being the mom of a teenager 
(Chidera, 13) is. Ijeoma keeps in 
touch with Dianne Nagler (nee 
Morse), who lives on Long Island 
with her husband, Mike, and 
children, Emma and Alex. Dianne 
has become more of a New Yorker 
than Ijeoma (who was bom and 
raised there). 

Dianne, Ijeoma is still waiting 
for that move to North Carolina! 

Ijeoma would also like to recon¬ 
nect with Stan McCloy, so if you 
are reading this, Stan, please phone 
home (or contact me). 

Karin Wurapa (nee Small) came 
from Columbus, Ohio, for reunion, 
but left her husband and three 
children at home. Karin hasn't 
changed — she's still her wonder¬ 
ful, bubbly, positive self. 

Jeff Rake is executive pro¬ 
ducer/ showrunner for NBC's 
The Mysteries of Laura, which was 
renewed for a second season. 

Paulette Light is co-founder 
of Momstamp.com, a social 
recommendation platform where 
people share, search for and save 
word-of-mouth recommenda¬ 
tions of everything from tutors 
to tile installers, piano teachers to 
podiatrists. Momstamp launched 
in Los Angeles in the spring and is 
expanding to other cities in the fall. 
Paulette's four kids range in age 
from 9 to 17. 

Mark Ambrosino is the presi¬ 
dent and co-founder of Sojourn 
Records as well as a professional 
drummer and producer who runs 
The Madhouse, a recording studio 
in Elmont, N.Y. I was lucky to catch 
him playing with one of his artists, 
Blessing Offer, at the Kennedy 
Center in July. 

Theresa Rice was disappointed 
to have missed reunion after hav¬ 
ing so much fun at our 20th. She 
lives in Coral Gables, Fla., and after 
many years as a senior executive 
at global public relations agencies 
has launched her own strategic 
communications firm. Out Loud 
Communications Consultants 
(outloudcc.com, @outloudcc), a 
network of senior multilingual 
and multicultural professionals 
in corporate communications, 
marketing communications, crisis 
communications, public relations, 
government relations, litigational 
communications and associated 
disciplines. She explains that the 
firm lends its experience to private- 
and public-sector clients around 


the world as well as provides insti¬ 
tutional and client communications 
support to professional services 
companies like public relations 
advertising agencies, law firms and 
management consulting firms. 

Dean Temple makes his debut 
appearance in this column. He 
says, "A film I wrote, produced 
and star in. The Naked Truth About 
Fairies, was an official selection of 
the 2015 St. Tropez International 
Film Festival, where it received 
four award nominations: Best 
Short, Jury Prize, Best Actress and 
Best Supporting Actress. The film 
had its world premiere in May at 
the festival in Nice, France, which 
I attended with my co-producer. 
Although we didn't win anything, 

I was pleased to spend time in 
Nice and visit with Ronnie Halp- 
em while I was there. Check out 
nakedtruthaboutfairies.com and 
facebook.com/truthaboutfairies." 

If you were at reunion and 
didn't see your name in print here, 
there's an easy fix to that. My email 
address is at fee top of this column. 
Happy fall to all. 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
development Sarah Fan 
sf26i0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 



Margie Kim 

1923 White Oak Clearing 
Southlake,TX 76092 


margiekimkim@ 

hotmail.com 


No news this time! Your classmates 
want to hear from you; send your 
updates to either fee email address 
at fee top of this column, or submit 
your news through CCT's web- 
form college.columbia.edu/ cct/ 
submit_class_note. Have a terrific 
fall, and be well. 


92 


Olivier Knox 

9602 Montauk Ave. 
Befeesda, MD 20817 


oknox9602@gmail.com 


Hello there, Class of '92ers! 

On her way to London in late 
March, Wah Chen wrote feat she 
spent a little time in Los Ange¬ 
les wife Randa Grob-Zakhary, 
Karl Cole-Frieman and Yoshi 
Maruyama SEAS'92 "at Eric's 
crib, AKA Getty House." Yeah, I 
had to search online, too — feaL s 
Hizzoner Eric Garcetti SIPA'93's 
official residence. 

"Randa was visiting from 
Switzerland wife one of her hand¬ 
some sons," Wah reports. George 


Kolombatovich '93, LAW'98 was 
on hand, which makes sense given 
feat George's Twitter profile lists 
him as "Deputy Counsel to Mayor 
Eric Garcetti." Side note: my 
Internet search for George turned 
up news from 2011 feat his father, ' 
George Kolombatovich, retired 
as Columbia fencing coach after 
33 years, and I was immediately 
transported to taking fencing for 
fee gym requirement. #Disengage 

Yours truly also received a long 
report from John Tullai — his first 
Class Notes submission — who 
tells this tale, which I'm reproduc¬ 
ing pretty much in full: 

"I was attending fee Society for 
Neuroscience meeting in Washing¬ 
ton, D.C., in November 2014, and 
decided to look up my old friend, 
Olivier Knox. I don't think I've 
seen him since our fifth reunion, 
but we have had an on-again, 
off-again Twitter relationship. He 
responded! We were on. 

"We met at fee Mayflower 
Hotel's Edgar Bar & Kitchen, a 
'frequent watering hole for report¬ 
ers and other ne'er do wells' (to 
quote Olivier). When I arrived, 
he was on his laptop working (of 
course). He spoke precisely as fast 
as I remember (so I knew it wasn't 
an imposter), and we sat down for 
a quick cocktail and talked about 
mutual friends, politics and family. 
I was so pleased feat he was fee 
friend I remembered. He talked 
about 'on fee record stuff' regard¬ 
ing fee President and fee Senators, 
blah blah....he clearly has been 
kind of hanging around D.C. Yup, 
do a Google search." 

John means "Yahoo! search" 
here, I think. Continuing: 

"How did I get there, and what 
did we talk about? Well, after CC, 

I spent several years in Manhattan. 
First, living wife Rich Rosivach 
and Jeff Noles while a neuro¬ 
anatomy lab technician and then 
as a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate 
at fee Ichan School of Medicine 
at Mount Sinai. During this time, 

I married a lovely woman from 
Maine, Jennifer Moores ('89 
Wellesley). We ultimately moved to 
Maine (of course) and I took a job 
at Boston University. Subsequently, 
Jennifer and I attended Jeff Noles' 
wedding to Rachel Rojany in Los 
Angeles in 2009, where we also 
encountered Peter Hatch. 

"I am an assistant professor of 
biology at BU, focusing on cancer 
and cardiac biology, and teaching 
molecular and cell biology. In fee 
interim, we've seen Kelly Diemand 
BC'92, who provides equestrian 
advice for our girls, and Sue Halper- 
Berkely BC'92, who provided me 
wife career advice. Jennifer and I 
have two daughters, Sydney and 
Elizabeth (12 and 8), and I have 
nurtured Jennifer back to health 


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following a near-fatal hemorrhagic 
stroke in March 2012. She is doing 
amazingly well, and we are thank¬ 
ful for every day. We have plans in 
place to travel to Paris, Hawaii and 
South Africa. Email me at jwt9@ 
columbia.edu if you are up our 
way; we'd love to catch up." 

Louise Dubin has a new CD, 
The Franchomme Project, a tribute 
to virtuoso cellist and composer 
Auguste Franchomme. The project 
is fee culmination of years of 
Louise's research on fee French 
Romantic-era musician; she 
transcribed fee cello quartets from 
Franchomme's mostly unpub¬ 
lished manuscripts. Louise will be 
putting on two concerts in NYC to 
mark fee CD's release: Saturday, 
September 19, at John Street 
Church (44 John St.) and Sunday, 
September 27, at St. Paul's Chapel/ 
Trinity Church (209 Broadway). 

That's it for this edition of fee 
CC'92 Class Notes mailbag! Please 
send me your updates using fee 
email address at fee top of fee col¬ 
umn or fee CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/ cct/ submit_class_ 
note. There are classmates who are 
wondering what you've become! 



Betsy Gomperz 

41 Day St. 

Newton, MA 02466 


Betsy.Gomperz@ 

gmail.com 


Classmates: I love hearing from 
you and, when I don't, I turn to 
social media. After a Facebook 
plea and some Instagram "likes," 

I heard from Melissa de la Cruz- 
Johnston, who quite frankly looks 
like she's having a lot of fun (I 
"like" a lot of her posts). Melissa 
told me feat she's "happy to share 
feat my latest novel, The Isle of the 
Lost (which is a prequel to Descen¬ 
dants, a Disney Channel original 
movie), has been No. 1 on The New 
York Times bestseller list since its 
publication (going on 10 weeks [as 
I write this]). It is aimed at readers 
ages 6-12 and my daughter, Mattie 
Johnston (8), gave me critique notes 
while I was writing it. The next 
book in fee series comes out next 
year. My novel Witches of East End 
was adapted into a television series 
and aired on fee Lifetime network 
for two seasons; fee show is now 
available on Netflix if anyone is 
curious! The young adult spinoff. 
Triple Moon: Summer on East End, 
comes out this November. 

"My husband, Mike Johnston, 
is a fellow author and we run a 
creative content company called 
Spilled Ink, a book and television 
packager. We live in Los Angeles 
and Palm Springs and recently had 
fee pleasure of getting together 
with Gabriel Sandoval, a partner 


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CLASS NOTES 


at a Pasadena-based law firm 
(Gabe left Columbia junior year for 
Stanford), and Jennie Kim as well 
as Jennie's husband, Jason Harman, 
and their son. Jack (2). I also recently 
reconnected with Amy Wilkins '94 
at Paris Photo. Amy is the director 
of an art book press in New York 
City and travels regularly to Europe 
for art fairs. Many fun Columbia 
memories were shared!" 

Alan Freeman also responded 
to my plea and shared that he is 
"practicing law as a partner at 
Blank Rome in Washington, D.C., 
but in my spare time I've been vol¬ 
unteering in a variety of roles at the 
Charles E. Smith Life Communi¬ 
ties, which most people still know 
as the Hebrew Home of Greater 
Washington. We are the seventh 
largest, single-campus, not-for- 
profit senior living community in 
the country (comprising nursing, 
assisted and independent living), 
and in May I became chair-elect of 
the Board of Governors. Not sure 
what that says about the judgment 
of my fellow board members, but I 
love the work we do there and it 7 s 
good to know there will be a place 
there for my wife, Remy, and me 
in 60 years or so! Beyond that, my 
days look a lot like many of yours 
— trying to keep up with the kids, 
but we got a break when they went 
off to camp for the summer. [As I 
write this, I was] looking forward 
to spending 4th of July weekend 
with Joel Lusman BUS'99 and his 
family in Connecticut." 

Outside of my social media out¬ 
reach efforts, I was pleased to hear 
from Jacob Kramer GSAS'98, who 
recently wrote a book. The New 
Freedom and the Radicals: Woodrow 
Wilson, Progressive Views of Radical¬ 
ism, and the Origins of Repressive 
Tolerance. Jacob was promoted to 
associate professor of history at 
Borough of Manhattan Commu¬ 
nity College in 2013. 

Rachel Mintz heard from Diego 
Hoic and reports: "A couple of 
years ago, Diego and his wife 
moved to Cali, Colombia, and they 
enjoy their life there. Diego man¬ 
ages the personal care business for 
Tecnoquimfcas. They welcomed 
their second son, Antonio, in 
February; fortunately he is well- 
behaved and has slept through the 
night since week nine. Their first 
son, Carlos, is not quite 3, is learn¬ 
ing to swim and recently had his 
first music recital and horseback 
ride. Quite exciting." Rachel also 
mentioned that she and Neil Turitz 
have begun brainstorming about 
plans for our 25th reunion. 

Finally, it is the end of an era 
in Italy. Since moving to Rome in 
summer 1993, Jenny Hoffman has 
been a host or travel guide to many 
classmates and friends from Colum¬ 
bia traveling through Europe, and 


in particular those visiting Italy (I 
visited her four times while she was 
there). But now she's back in the 
U.S.A. with her family, to open the 
Washington, D.C., office of Astaldi, 
a global infrastructure company 
based in Rome. Ali Towle, Robyn 
Tuerk and I squeezed in one last 
memorable trip to visit Jenny in 
Rome in late May, which was as 
fun and wonderful as anyone could 
expect when four college friends are 
able to travel in a foreign country 
for vacation. 

Please keep sending in updates! 



Leyla Kokmen 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
lak6@columbia.edu 


Congratulations to Jeremy Work¬ 
man, who sent an update about his 
latest documentary film. Magical 
Universe. After a successful theatri¬ 
cal release last year and a number 
of film festival accolades, the film 
can now be found on Netflix and on 
DVD. It tells the story of Jeremy's 
10-year friendship with an octo¬ 
genarian outsider artist in Maine. 
Jeremy writes that his "movie 
trailer and production company in 
New York, Wheelhouse Creative, 
continues to work on scores of indie 
films while also producing several 
documentary films, including for 
ESPN's 30 for 30 series." 

Congratulations also to Danny 
Franklin, who shared the happy 
news that he and his wife. Erica 
Guyer, welcomed daughter Anna 
Beverly on April 2. 

I'm happy to report that as I 
slowly (very, very slowly, it seems 
— moving is much more over¬ 
whelming than I remembered) get 
my footing in the Chicago area, my 
family recently had the opportu¬ 
nity to get together over lunch with 
Elliot Regenstein, his wife, Emily 
Paster, and their son, Jamie. It was 
quite a delight to get to meet some 
of Elliot 7 s family, whom I'd heard 
so much about through the years. 
Elliot is SVP of advocacy and 
policy for the Ounce of Prevention 
Fund, a private-public partnership 
dedicated to providing all children 
with high-quality early childhood 
experiences, from birth to age 5. A 
bonus for me is that he could help 
me understand, at least a little, the 
political environment in Illinois, 
which I've found fairly baffling 
since moving here. 

That's it for this latest install¬ 
ment of "CC '94:21 years later." 
Looking forward to your news, 
whether dramatic or quotidian, for 
next time. Don't forget that you can 
email me at the address at the top of 
this column or via the CCT online 


submission form college.columbia. 
edu/cct/submit_class_note. 



Janet Lorin 

730 Columbus Ave., 
Apt. 14C 

New York, NY 10025 


jrfl0@columbia.edu 


We are all still having a hard time 
believing that we graduated from 
college 20 years ago, so Alumni 
Reunion Weekend served as a nice 
chance to catch up. 

I will be sprinkling in updates 
across the next few columns from 
classmates with whom I caught up 
at reunion, and after. 

Up first is Rachel Klauber- 
Speiden, who sat at my table at the 
Saturday dinner with her husband. 
Josh Empson. Rachel, Josh and 
their children (Lucinda, 10, and 
Becket, 8) recently returned to the 
Big Apple after more than a decade 
of beach living in Santa Monica, 
Calif. They spent their first year 
back in Manhattan, but by Septem¬ 
ber will be installed in Brooklyn for 
the foreseeable future. 

Whitney Rowe lives in San 
Francisco, where she has been 
firmly planted for 12 years. She 
and her husband have a 6-year-old 
daughter, Fiona. Whitney is a fifth- 
grade teacher in a Spanish immer¬ 
sion public school in The Mission 
District; she's been doing that 
since she moved there. She earned 
a graduate degree at Bank Street 
College of Education, a few blocks 
from the Columbia campus. 

Kent Pierce JRN'96, one of my 
classmates from the J-School, is in 
his 16th year with WTNH-TV, the 
ABC affiliate in New Haven, Conn. 
"Folks in Connecticut can see me 
covering the major (and sometimes 
minor) stories of the day, Monday- 
Friday, on Good Morning Connecti¬ 
cut," Kent writes. 

Kent attended reunion with his 
wife, Sandy Mechael SEAS'95. 

For three years, Sandy has been 
the CIO of Equity One, a com¬ 
mercial real estate company. The 
couple lives on the UWS, though 
Kent stays in Connecticut during 
the week to arrive at work early 
for the morning show. "I'm a self- 
taught mixologist, and Sandy and 
I host happy hours most Fridays," 
he says. "Ross Gotler and Matt 
Trokenheim frequently stop by to 
sample whatever it is I'm experi¬ 
menting with that night." 

Ross and his wife, Rachel, also 
live on the UWS with their kids 
Maya (5) and Jacob (1). Ross is 
e-discovery counsel at Paul, Weiss, 
Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and 
Rachel is a clinical psychologist. 

Danny Kass, who didn't attend 
reunion, wrote in at the urging 
of his Columbia family members 


(mother, Miryom GS'63; father. 
Rabbi Alvin '57; and sister, Sarah 
'87.) Danny and his wife, Debby 
Gillman, have two kids: Judah (11) 
and Nava (5). Danny is a pulmon¬ 
ologist and researches pulmonary 
fibrosis. He left the Columbia 
University Medical Center in 2010, 
when the University of Pittsburgh 
recruited him and his lab to the 
Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons 
Center for Interstitial Lung Disease. 

Danny says, "My big news of 
the year is that I was funded by 
the National Institutes of Health 
Research Project Grant Program 
(R01) to study the role of a gene, 
twistl, in idiopathic pulmonary 
fibrosis (IPF). I was also appointed 
the director of the Simmons Center, 
which is one of the largest centers 
for this disease in the world." 

The next column will include 
all the law professors in our class. 
Thanks to Gene Mazo, our unof¬ 
ficial master of ceremonies at the 
Saturday dinner, for the tip that 
our class has produced at least five. 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26l0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 
Ana S. Salper 
24 Monroe PI., Apt. MA 
Brooklyn, NY 11201 
asalper@bakerlaw.com 

Only a bit of news to report this 
time. 

Chris Steighner is an editor at 
Rizzoli International Publications 
and established Rizzoli as a cook¬ 
book publisher. He has worked 
there for 15 years and edits eight 
to 10 cookbooks a year. He and 
his partner, Sean Johnson, have a 
house in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens 
in Brooklyn. 

Patrick Belton writes that in 
2008, he married Soo Koon Lee 
BC'96 after meeting her at our 
10-year reunion. Chris Steighner, 
Muzafar Husian SEAS'96, Melissa 
Morrone '97, Jane Chew '91 and 
We Chen Foo '99 were all in atten¬ 
dance. After graduation, Patrick 
worked in finance and hedge 
funds, mainly in New York City. In 
fall 2011 he made a radical switch, 
starting school at SUNY Upstate 
Medical in Syracuse, alma mater of 
Uchenna Acholonu. Patrick writes 
that he has been very happy with 
the decision, finding tremendous 
fulfillment in the doctor-patient 
relationship. He recently started a 
residency in neurosurgery at Uni¬ 
versity of Missouri-Columbia. Mis¬ 
souri will be a new state for Patrick 



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and Soo, and they would be happy 
to hear from fellow Lions in the 
area, in real life or on Facebook. 

Malik Rashid recently hit 
his three-year mark at the Asian 
Development Bank in Manila, Phil¬ 
ippines. He writes that the experi¬ 
ence has been amazing for both 
him and his family but for personal 
reasons they are planning to move 
back to the Northeast. In anticipa¬ 
tion of that happening fairly soon 
(and now that his daughter is old 
enough), Malik and his family will 
travel extensively in the region. 

Hard to believe, but our 20th 
reunion is coming up next year 
(Thursday, June 2-Sunday, June 5), 
so save the date! And please keep 
the notes coming so that I don't 
have to bombard you all with 
another desperate mass email plea. 

I leave you with this: 

"Be yourself. Everyone else is 
already taken." 

— Oscar Wilde 


97 


Sarah Katz 

1935 Parrish St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19130 


srkl2@columbia.edu 


Carrie Bass Mezvinsky and her 
husband, Scott, relocated to Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla., from Moscow for 
his job with YumIBrands. They said 
they were in Russia for three event¬ 
ful and adventure-filled years. 
While overseas, Carrie gave birth 
to their son, Beau Bass Mezvinsky, 
who turned 2 in July and is the 
light of their lives. Carrie writes 
that she recently had the pleasure 
of reconnecting with Zaharah Mar- 
koe and Naveena Ponnusamy in 
Miami during Art Basel. Now that 
she is back in the United States, she 
says she looks forward to seeing 
more CC people soon. 

Ayana Curry participated on 
the legal team that presented a 
groundbreaking case to the United 
States Supreme Court regarding 
the treatment of disabled citizens 
by the police pursuant to the 
Americans with Disabilities Act. 
The case was City and County of 
San Francisco v. Sheehan, which 
was decided May 18,2015. Ayana 
writes, "This was an exhilarating 
and humbling experience for me, 
my husband, Rashaan Curry '99, 
and our two sons." 

Oren Lerman has been named 
director of breast reconstruction at 
Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. 
He is an assistant clinical professor 
of plastic surgery at the NYU School 
of Medicine, a member of the 
board of trustees of the New York 
Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons 
and a fellow of the American Col¬ 
lege of Surgeons. He and his part¬ 
ner, Dr. Wojdech Dec '03, helped 
establish the new department of 



Lions basketball player Grace Wiener '99 married Nick Ritter on July 5, 2014, in Seattle. Attending 
were, left to right: Tyler McMaster '97, Emily Roller '99, Trinke Vaughan '99, the bride, the groom, 
Renee Jackson '99, Beth Fuchs (nee Papas) '98 and Courtney Allshouse '98. 

PHOTO: NICOLE SAMSON 


plastic surgery at Lenox Hill as 
well as a new microsurgical breast 
fellowship. Oren lives with his wife, 
Sandy Schwartzberg-Lerman BC'97, 
in Englewood, N.J., with their twin 
sons, Solomon and Michael. 

Joel Finkelstein is the direc¬ 
tor of strategic communications 
at Climate Advisers, a policy and 
politics consulting firm working 
to deliver a low-carbon economy. 

He has been active developing and 
executing campaigns to transform 
global agriculture, which have led 
to commitments from major com¬ 
modity traders to end deforestation 
across supply chains. These efforts 
were profiled in The New York Times 
and in financial media around the 
world. Joel lives in Alexandria, Va., 
with his wife, two children and a 
growing unease about our political 
system's ability to address global 
warming without structural reform. 

Gabrielle Fulton's film 
Ir/Reconcilable received its broad¬ 
cast premiere on F1BO. Her play 
Uprising premiered this summer at 
Horizon Theatre in Atlanta. 

Sadarias Harrell '99 has been 
busy, with much success. He is 
an actor, singer and writer, and 
has worked on movies including 
Hot Pursuit (2015), Lee Daniels' The 
Butler (2013), When the Game Stands 
Tall (2014) and Black or White (2014). 
He also released a popular music 
EP, Sadie. 

Please send me your updates 
using the email address at the top of 
the column or via the CCT webform 
college.columbia.edu/ cct/submit_ 
class_note. There are classmates 
who want to hear from you! 


Sandie Angulo Chen 

10209 Day Ave. 

Silver Spring, MD 20910 
sandie.chen@gmail.com 

It's a column of baby news! 

Congratulations are in order for 
Heather E. Stem (nee Deetjen) and 
her husband, Gabriel Stem, on the 
birth of their identical twin girls. 
Willow Edaline and Elowen Alisan- 
dre, bom on a palindrome (5-15-15). 
Heather remembers fondly the 
nature vs. nurture debates from 
her classes and looks forward to 
formulating her own opinions from 
personal experience. The Stems live 
in Pasadena, Calif., where Heather 
is a partner in a law firm specializ¬ 
ing in legal services to banks. 

There's also baby news from 
Lori Meeks: "My husband, Jason 
Webb, and I are delighted to 
announce the birth of our son, 
Jupiter Patrick Webb. He was 
bom on May 19 at 6:20 p.m." Lori 
and Jason are professors at the 
University of Southern California. 
She is an associate professor of 
religion and East Asian languages 
and cultures and he is an associate 
professor of comparative literature 
as well as associate director of the 
USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese 
Religions and Culture. 

In work news. Lea Goldman 
was promoted to executive editor 
of Marie Claire in June. Before that, 
she was for three years the features 
and special projects director and 
also was the features director, 
deputy editor and features editor 
since starting at the publication in 
March 2008. 


Congratulations, Lea! 

On the homefront. Lea and her 
husband, Ofer Goldstein, have two 
sons, Ozzie and Rafe. 

Lea also shared the following: In 
March, a bunch of Columbia friends 
met up at the Neil Diamond concert 
at the Barclays Center at the invita¬ 
tion of Megan Kearney to celebrate 
the life of her twin brother, James 
Kearney (a big Neil Diamond fan), 
who died in 2004. In addition to 
Megan and Lea, Hilton Marcus, 
Tom Sanford, Claudia DeSimio '99, 
Amol Sarva and Joe Master were 
in attendance. 

I'd love to hear from more of 
you! Please send your updates 
using the email address at the top 
of the column or the CCT webform 
college.columbia.edu/cct/ submit_ 
class_note. 


Adrienne Carter and 
Jenna Johnson 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
adieliz@gmail.com 
jennajohnson@gmail.com 

Hello, classmates! 

Fall is almost here, and we're 
happy to report some impressive 
accomplishments as well as some 
additions to the Class of '99's 
extended family. 

We were delighted to hear from 
Juliet Koczak, who caught us up 
with her life since 1999. Following 
some time traveling and working, 
she earned a master's in architec- 




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CLASS NOTES 




Left to right: Ilya Levtov '00, Michael Shields '00, Brian Andrews 
'00 and Brian Legum '00 on the Low Steps during Alumni Reunion 
Weekend in late May. 


ture from the Rhode Island School 
of Design. After getting married 
and having her first daughter, she 
headed back to her hometown 
stomping grounds of the Phila¬ 
delphia suburbs. There she had 
another daughter and, in 2009, 
started her own architecture firm. 

Pretty impressive for 10 years' 
work! 

Juliet is currently designing 
a custom beach house and has 
some renovation/addition proj¬ 
ects. You can find her company at 
koczak.com. 

In other architectural news, 
Justin Shubow is president of 
the National Civic Art Society, 
a nonprofit headquartered in 
Washington, D.C., that promotes 
the classical and humanistic tradi¬ 
tion in public art and architecture: 
monuments, memorials, federal 
courthouses and so on. The group 
has come to national attention for 
leading the fight to stop Frank 
Gehry's design for the Dwight D. 
Eisenhower National Memorial — 
a fight that they have nearly won, 
he notes. Justin also regularly blogs 
for Forbes about architecture. 

Shelby Leuin shared that she 
and her husband, Jason, had a sec¬ 
ond son in January. Truman Daniel 
Handwerker joins Jaden Maxwell 
Handwerker (2). 

Grace Wiener joined the ranks of 
recently wed classmates on July 5, 
2014. She and Nick Ritter married in 
Seattle. Joining them at the wedding 
were Tyler McMaster '97, Emily 
Roller, Trinke Vaughan, Renee 
Jackson, Beth Fuchs '98 (nee Papas) 
and Courtney Allshouse '98. Sports 
fans will note that the women in 
this list make up a full lineup of 
Columbia College basketball play¬ 
ers. We're just a few months late 
to join them in wishing Grace and 
Nick a happy first anniversary! 

That's all the news this time, 
folks. We look forward to hearing 
from more of you soon. Please 
send updates to us at either of 


the email addresses at the top of 
the column or through the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/ submit_class_note. 

Cheers to fall, everyone! 


p A Prisca Bae 
[|T|] 344W. 17thSt.,Apt.3B 
Lad New York, NY 10011 
pbl34@columbia.edu 

It was great to see so many of you 
at our 15-year reunion. Thanks for 
writing in with news and, to those 
of you who have not yet done so, 
please email me with your updates! 

Alex Conway was greatly 
missed on campus but couldn't 
join for good reason. She recently 
moved to the United Kingdom to 
open the London office of Hunter 
Public Relations and to be the 
company's managing director. 

Congratulations! 

Kristelia "Krissy" Garcia began 
a tenure-track teaching position 
last fall as an associate profes¬ 
sor at the University of Colorado 
Law School in Boulder, where she 
teaches copyright, trademark and 
property law. 

Andrew Ricci joined First 
Nationwide Title Agency as 
underwriting counsel in January. 
He lives in Astoria with his wife, 
Manuela, and daughter, Sofia (7). 

In other law news, C.J. Wang 
(editor of our class' yearbook) has 
been running her own immigra¬ 
tion law firm in NYC for the past 
10 years. Jacqueline Seidel lives 
in Brooklyn and is balancing life 
as a mom (to 18-month-old Sofia) 
and as a partner at Reed Smith, 
where she focuses on complex and 
mass litigation strategy, resolution 
and coordination. 

Brian Legum had a great time at 
reunion and loved getting to see col¬ 
lege friends from across fire globe. 
He lives in Delaware and is an 
attorney at Kimmel Carter, which 
handles workers' compensation 


and personal injury law. "I mainly 
work with the Spanish-speaking 
community. Lucky for me, there 
are virtually no Spanish-speaking 
lawyers in Delaware," he says. 

"On the family front, my wife 
and I had our third child — a 
boy — on July 21 at 12:14 p.m. 

Cole Hudson Legum came in at 
8 lbs., 1 oz. and 21 inches. We have 
a 6-year-old son, Dylan, and a 
2 1 /2-year-old daughter, Taylor; 
both were excited to welcome 
their brother to the Legum family." 

Rhonda Henderson has been 
working in public education for 
almost a decade, the last three years 
with DC Prep, a charter manage¬ 
ment organization with five cam¬ 
puses in (and only in) Washington, 

D. C., where they serve about 1,300 
students. They're preparing to open 
a campus in Anacostia, a neighbor¬ 
hood in D.C., where she will be 
the operations manager. Rhonda 

is "over the moon about the 
adventure" and says that, "outside 
of work, I stay busy with church 
activities, my adorable almost-2- 
year-old nephew, friends and all 
things local to D.C." 

Vanessa Loder lives in San Fran¬ 
cisco with her husband and daugh¬ 
ter, Eva (3). Vanessa says she had a 
lot of fun connecting with many of 
you at reunion and looks forward 
to our 20th. She is the cofounder of 
Mindfulness Based Achievement, a 
company that teaches high-achiev¬ 
ing women how to lean in without 
burning out. It offers a free 30-day 
meditation challenge and Vanessa 
would love to have anyone from 
CU join! It only takes five minutes 
a day and you register here: 
mindfulnessbasedachievement. 
com/30day2015. 

Kim Fisher Warren says she is 
thrilled to be back on campus after 
15 years. She is pursuing an M.B.A. 
through the Business School's 

E. M.B.A. program, all while bal¬ 
ancing work, family and friends. 

In 2006, Anthony Ramirez II 
and John Martin GSAS'02 started 
Mainland Media, a company 
whose mission is to celebrate and 
to improve the image of the Bronx. 
Anthony writes: "As of 2010, our 
core team has expanded to include 
Paul Ramirez and Greig Bennett '01. 
The company operates From The 
Bronx — an online source of Bronx- 
themed apparel and souvenirs 
— and The Bronx Beer Hall, which 
is located on Arthur Avenue in the 
borough's Belmont neighborhood. 

"Mainland Media has worked 
with some of the Bronx's leading 
designers, artists and photogra¬ 
phers to bring original Bronx- 
themed merchandise to market. 

In addition to the fromthebronx. 
com store, the company has 
hosted numerous 'pop-up shops' 
throughout the Tri-State Area that 


have generated significant positive 
attention for the borough. In 2013, 
From The Bronx merchandise was 
featured in The Museum of Mod¬ 
em Art's gift shop collection in all 
of MoMA's locations: New York 
City, Korea and Japan. 

"Nestled in the heart of the his¬ 
toric Arthur Avenue Retail Market, 
the Beer Hall offers craft beers from 
across New York State, alongside 
an original menu curated by Chef 
David Greco of Mike's Deli notori¬ 
ety. Two-and-a-half years since its 
opening, it has already garnered 
local and international recogni¬ 
tion and has been featured in The 
New York Times, the New York Daily 
News, Time Out New York, Delta's 
Sky magazine and more." 

Special thanks to my fellow 
Reunion Committee members: 
Antoinette Allen, Alex Conway, 
Lainy Destin, Susie Freeman- 
Kaufman, Vernon Gibbs, Laura 
Heam, Laura Pietropinto, Anthony 
Ramirez II, Ingride Richardson, 
Yong-Kyoo Rim, Jordan Rosen¬ 
baum, Charles Saliba, Michael 
Shen, Maria Spinola Spaulding, 
Christopher Totman, Michelle 
Wang, Kim Fisher Warren and 
Janet Whang. 

Special thanks as well to the 
following SEAS Reunion Commit¬ 
tee members, who worked with 
Engineering on its programs: Ann 
Chung SEAS'00, Daniel Green- 
stein SEAS'00, Naveed Hasan 
SEAS'00, Vikas Mittal SEAS'00, 
Alek Remash SEAS'00, Sid Singh 
SEAS'00, Steve Specht SEAS'00 
and Josephine Tatel SEAS'00. 

Finally, I had great conversations 
with many of you during reunion 
and I'd love to share the cool things 
you're doing. So send your updates 
to either the email address at the 
top of this column or through 
CCT's webform college.columbia. 
edu /cct/ submit_class_note! 

Thanks, all! 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

alumni affairs Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26i0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 



Jonathan Gordin 

3030 N. Beachwood Dr. 
Los Angeles, CA 90068 


jrg53@columbia.edu 


I hope everyone enjoyed a 
restful summer! 

Ethan Perlstein and his wife, 
Nazanin Dana, welcomed a son, 
Kayan "Kai" Dana Perlstein, on 
April 15 at 4:16 p.m., weighing 
8 lbs., 9 oz., and measuring 
21 inches long. 


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CLASS NOTES 



On April 18, David Epstein '02 married Elizabeth Green (JRN'09 Spencer Fellow) in Warrington, va. 

Front row, left to right: Jeff Novich JRN'04 (in beige), Andrew Edwards '04, Will Boylan-Pett '05, Delilah 
Dicrescenzo '05, Scott Moncur '04, the bride, the groom, Lee Kowitz '04, Evan zeisel '02, Vincent 
Galgano '04 and Sheila Casey. Back row, left to right: Darin Schroeder '03 (with beard), Ryan Heath '05, 
Martin Gehrke SEAS'06, Caryn Gehrke '05 and Tommy Jager '02. 


Congratulations to Ethan 
and Nazanin! 

Katie Campion Land and her 
husband. Matt Land '05, welcomed 
their second daughter. Daphne 
Rose, on April 4 at 11:29 p.m. in 
Tulsa. Daphne weighed 9 lbs., 7 oz. 
Katie, Matt and 25-month-old Nina 
Jane are thrilled that she's finally 
here ... Class of 2037. 

Congratulations to Katie 
and Matt! 

On June 14, Lauren Abraham 
Mahoney married Jared Safran. 
The wedding took place at the 
J.B. Fuqua Rooftop Pavilion with 
views of downtown Atlanta and, 
despite the heat, the evening was 
a lot of fun. In attendance were 
close friends and family, including 
Karen Silver '04 (nee Abraham), 
Lisa Marx GS'05 and Antonia 
Abraham LAW'08. The newlyweds 
are taking a "familymoon" with 
Lauren's daughter to Vancou¬ 
ver and will take a honeymoon 
together in 2016. 

Congratulations to Lauren 
and Jared! 

Please write in with updates on 
your adventures! You can email 
me at the address at the top of this 
column or submit a note online: 
college.columbia.edu/ cct / submit_ 
class_note. 


Sonia Dandona 
f Hirdaramani 

1. . 1 2 Rolling Dr. 

Old Westbury, NY 11568 
soniah57@gmail.com 

Lachlan Smith and his wife 
welcomed their second daughter. 


Willa, in early December. Lachlan 
is finishing his radiology fellow¬ 
ship in cardiovascular imaging at 
Yale and planned to return in July 
to his home state of Kentucky to 
become an assistant professor at 
the University of Louisville. 

Allison Lloyds O'Neill moved 
to New Canaan, Conn., and had a 
daughter, Caroline, in June 2014. 

David Epstein GSAS'04, JRN'04 
married Elizabeth Green ('06 
Harvard), who was also a Spencer 
Fellow in Education Reporting at 
the Journalism School in 2009. 

As always, I look forward to 
hearing from all of you! You can 
send updates to soniah57@gmail. 
com or via college.columbia.edu/ 
cct / submit_class_note. 


n Michael Novielli 

World City Apartments 
Attention Michael J. 

Novielli, A608 
Block 10, No 6. 

Jinhui Road, 

Chaoyang District 
Beijing, 100020, People's 
Republic of China 
mjn29@columbia.edu 

Summer seems to have been a 
busy time for our class; as the 
weather cools down, please take 
some time to send me an update. 

Robyn Schwartz writes, "[My 
husband,] Dan Hammerman 
'02, and I have continued our 
travels, but hopefully will be 
staying put for the next few years! 
After another brief stint in Italy 
(preceded by three years in Texas, 
split between Houston and Fort 
Worth), we moved to Los Angeles 


this spring, where Dan works for 
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 
focusing on the construction of the 
Academy of Motion Picture Arts 
and Sciences' Academy Museum. 
We are joined here by our dog, 
Aldo, and daughter, Elsa (2), who 
arrived four months before a 
certain chilly queen. I work with 
New York City-based nonprofits 
on various editorial and database 
projects and look forward to 
exploring additional opportunities 
in California. My cookie business, 
Fianco a Fianco (launched when 
we were in Texas), likely won't 
survive yet another move, but 
stay tuned. We hope to (re)connect 
with L.A.-based alums as we 
explore our new city." 

Gregory Vaca writes, "I recently 
moved back to New York from Rio 
de Janeiro, assuming the role of 
managing director of acquisitions 
for Tishman Speyer, a global real 
estate PE firm. My wife, Maria 
Fernanda, and I live in Manhattan 
and look forward to (re)joining the 
CU community." 

Katie Rose Thornton is an 
assistant director of development/ 
major gifts officer for the Redhawks 
at Miami University (Ohio). She 
writes, "We're in the midst of an $80 
million athletics campaign, which 
supports all varsity programs at 
Miami. I will be looking for a place 
to live in the Cincinnati area. I'm 
excited about this new opportunity 
in my career in college athletics." 

RSR Partners, a leading board 
and executive search firm, 
announced the appointment of 
Dany Berghoff as principal in the 
firm's Sport Leadership practice. 
With a wealth of experience in 


consulting for sports and entertain¬ 
ment organizations, Dany will play 
a key role in the firm's business 
development and search execution 
efforts, where he will concurrently 
focus on traditional and emerging 
media ecosystems. 

Peter Neofotis went to the Pic¬ 
colo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, 
S.C., to perform his solo show. The 
Aviatrix, which opened during the 
weekend of May 22. 

Maxim Mayer-Cesiano married 
Kate Supnik last October at the 
Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Max 
writes, "When I'm not celebrat¬ 
ing my marriage. I'm practicing 
corporate law in New York at 
Skadden, with a focus on mergers 
and acquisitions." 

While back in Beijing for work, 

I stopped by Bill Islet's new baijiu 
bar, Capital Spirits. He's already 
opened a second baijiu bar /dis¬ 
tillery and he's also working with 
his team on various consulting 
projects. Calvin Chen '07, BUS'14 
and Alex Yao '05 also joined. 

I also caught up with Kat Don 
BC'03 at the opening of bar Mei in 
the Rosewood hotel in Beijing. 

Please drop me a line if your 
travels will bring you through 
either Singapore or Beijing. And, 
as always, don't be shy about 
the updates. 


Angela Georgopoulos 

IfV 200 Water St., Apt. 1711 
MU New York, NY 10038 
aeg90@columbia.edu 

Hello CC'04! Let's jump right into 
the news: 

Janine Sutton has been liv¬ 
ing in Boston for three years, 
working at EYP/Architecture & 
Engineering. In November 2014, 
she finished her seven requisite 
exams and became a registered 
architect. Christine Luu (and her 
dog) relocated from Memphis 
to Los Angeles last fall after she 
completed her federal judicial 
clerkship. Since then, she has 
been working in downtown Los 
Angeles at Kirkland & Ellis in 
its intellectual property litiga¬ 
tion practice. Crystal Proenza 
recently moved from Miami back 
to the tri-state area, as she was 
promoted to director of public 
relations, U.S. and global market¬ 
ing, for Colliers International. 

Katie Zien is entering her fourth 
year as an assistant professor in 
the English department at McGill, 
where she teaches theater and 
performance studies. She lives in 
Montreal and is writing a book 
about theater in the Panama Canal 
Zone. Emily Shin writes: "I'm 
finishing an orthopedic hand 
surgery fellowship and moving to 
Honolulu to work at Tripler Army 


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Maxim Mayer-cesiano '03 married Kate Supnik last October at the 
Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Present were, left to right: Andrei 
Schor SEAS'72, David Schor '07, Marin Feldman '02, Phil Bezanson 
'01, Doug Kravitz '05, Josh salzman '03, Caroline Kravitz '05, Harry 
Layman '02, the groom, the bride, Josh Rosenberg '03, Bobbie An- 
delson '03, Jennifer Phillips '08, Cyrus Habib '03, Evan Mayo-Wilson 
'03, Viviana Beltrametti-Walker BC'03 and Garner Robinson '05. Not 
pictured: Alice Abraham '05. 

PHOTO: JOY MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY 


Medical Center (where Lauren 
Turza Greer also works). 

Congratulations go to G. 

Andrew Johnston, who married 
Robin Faulkner in Southampton, 
N.Y., in June. Helping the happy 
couple celebrate were Miklos 
Vasarhelyi, Daniel Goldman, 
James Lee SEAS'04, JP Chisholm 
'03 and me. 

David Neistadt and his wife, 
Meredith, welcomed Chloe 
Michelle Neistadt to the world on 
January 29. Tricia Bozyk Shemo 
and her husband, Joseph Shemo, 
welcomed their second child. 

Mack Alexander, on June 12. Their 
2-year-old, Charles, is thrilled 
to have a little brother. Bradley 
Weinstein and his wife, Sarah, wel¬ 
comed their first son, Zeke Marias 
Weinstein, into the world this past 
June. They live in Seattle. 

Congratulations to you all! 

Finally, Kent Sherman sent 
in an update from Fiji: "I look 
forward to sharing some of the 
exciting things that have been 
going on with me and my family 
[which includes my wife, Karol 
Petreshock BC'04 and our three 
children]. Our 6-year-old daughter 
definitely got her father's height, 
as she is already over 5 ft. tall. 

We live on my native island, Fiji, 
however my career has taken me 
to some fantastic destinations all 
over the world. I love my job in 
the Ministry of Agriculture as the 
director of legume harvesting. Suf¬ 
fice to say that I am keeping busy 
here on the island — my scooter 
will surpass 200,000 km soon! I'd 
love to visit with classmates if they 
find themselves in Fiji (though it's 
often a destination for people on 
their honeymoons)." 

Please keep the Class Notes 
coming! Send an email to aeg90@ 


columbia.edu or use the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/ submit_class_note. 

Until next time! 


Claire McDonnell 

[IWj 47 Maiden Ln., 3rd FI. 

San Francisco, CA 94108 
claire.mcdonnell@ 
gmail.com 

My big news is that I was married 
on June 19 to James David Lee of 
San Francisco. I'm going to use 
that as an excuse for having done a 
poor job of collecting submissions 
for this column. In light of that, I 
thought the least I could do is share 
the scoop on the lovely Columbi¬ 
ans who were at our wedding. 

Michael Yates Crowley was the 
officiant. He's officiated quite a few 
Columbia weddings during recent 
years, though this was his first on 
a farm in West Virginia. When he's 
not orchestrating major life events 
for his friends, he's writing plays 
and fiction in Brooklyn. You can 
catch his company. Wolf 359, at the 
American Repertory Theater in 
Cambridge, Mass., in October. 

Aashti Bhartia '06 made her 
way to West Virginia from Delhi, 
India, earning her the distinction 
of farthest distance traveled. She 
runs both a restaurant (The Coast 
Cafe) and an online fashion retailer, 
Ogaan, in Delhi, and is always an 
amazing host to Columbians pass¬ 
ing through. 

Josh Hadro is the deputy direc¬ 
tor of NYPL Labs, the team work¬ 
ing to reformat and reposition the 
New York Public Library for the 
Internet age. Word on the street is 
that he gives a great library tour. 

Sutton Kiplinger '04 joined 
us from Boston, where she is 


dedicating her talents to her role as 
Greater Boston regional director at 
The Food Project, a youth develop¬ 
ment organization. 

There was a strong San Fran¬ 
cisco contingent, including Rob 
Meyerhoff '06, who recently made 
us very happy by heading west 
after more than 10 years in New 
York City; Ted Summe SEAS'06, 
who is a San Francisco social 
maven with a startup named 
Discoverly that helps users get 
more out of their social networks; 
Laura Goode '06, who writes the 
column "Antiheroines" for Bright 
Ideas Magazine, where she is also a 
contributing editor; Pat Cushing 
SEAS'06, who runs WorkHands, a 
professional network for workers 
in the skilled trades; Elizabeth 
Dwoskin JRN'09, who covers 
big data for The Wall Street Journal 
and is a serious yogi; and Vanessa 
Carr, who in addition to being a 
documentary cinematographer 
introduced me to my now-hus¬ 
band via an email with the subject 
line, "Connection is Perfection." 

Until recently, Justin Hulog '06 
and Ramsey McGlazer would have 
been on this list, but they've just 
made exciting moves beyond the 
Bay. Justin is now in Portland, Ore., 
where by all accounts he is loving 
life and his job at Say Media, and 
Ramsey earned a Ph.D. in compara¬ 
tive literature from UC Berkeley 
in May and is a Pembroke Center 
Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown. 

There is a space for your news in 
this column even if you weren't at 
my wedding. Please email me with 
your latest and greatest at claire. 
mcdonnell@gmail.com and your 
update will be in a future issue! 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26i0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 
Michelle Oh Sing 
[Iftl 9 N 9th St., Unit 401 
kiil Philadelphia, PA 19107 
mo2057@columbia.edu 

Here are some updates from our 
classmates: 

After two years as an organic 
farmer and two more as an inves¬ 
tigative reporter for the Arizona 
Daily Star in Tucson, Emily Bregel 
is returning to her hometown of 
Baltimore, where she will be the real 
estate and economic development 
reporter for the Baltimore Business 
Journal. Emily is also the proud aunt 
of Piper (5) and Tener (1), and is 
thrilled to finally live closer to the 
kids and the rest of her family. 


Seth Anziska GSAS'15 earned 
a Ph.D. in history in May and will 
be a lecturer (assistant professor) 
in Jewish-Muslim relations, with 
a focus on Israeli and Palestinian 
society and culture, at University 
College London starting this fall. 

Jacob Rubin writes, "Hard to 
believe iti s been a year since I got 
married, with Chris Belz, Matt 
Del Guzzo, Jimmy Mark and Rod 
Salguero among the groomsmen. 
Since then. I've been in the Bay 
Area investing for Lonestar Capital 
Management and have moved 
to the 'burbs like an old person. 
Those groomsmen have been 
busy, too: Rod got married in June 
(congrats!), Chris is working on 
an a cappella album, Jimmy has 
surprisingly taken up skateboard¬ 
ing and Matt might start a business 
focused on security (password pro¬ 
tection emphasis). Go Columbia!" 

Neeta Makhija and Nithya 
Nagella met in Hindi class as 
freshmen and now, 13 years later, 
are finishing their residency in ob/ 
gyn together at the University of 
Washington in Seattle. 

Woohoo! 

A reminder: next spring 
will mark the 10th anniversary 
of our graduation. Wow! While 
the thought is a reminder of how 
old we're getting. I'm already 
looking forward to Alumni 
Reunion Weekend. 

Until then, wishing you the best, 
and please send news! You can 
use the email address at the top of 
the column or the CCT webform 
college.columbia.edu/cct/submit_ 
classjnote. 


07 


David D. Chait 

4621 Old Cheney Rd., 
Apt. 6 

Lincoln, NE 68516 
ddc2106@columbia.edu 


Thank you so much to everyone 
who submitted notes! It's nice to 
see all of the exciting things mem¬ 
bers of our class are up to. 

Love is in the air for CC'07... 

Tina Wadhwa is happy to 
announce that she married 
Christopher Charles Dods in a 
multi-day Indian/English wed¬ 
ding celebration in Tuscany in 
June. Tina continues to live in 
London with her husband. Stacey 
Hirsh SEAS'06, Sydney Spector 
'06 and Kate Cederbaum '06 were 
in attendance. 

Lenora Babb Plimpton writes, 
"I married John Plimpton on May 
30 in Sundance, Utah. In atten¬ 
dance were Suzanne Hopcroft 
Roszak and her husband, Jonny 
Roszak '05; and Kori Estrada 
and her husband, John Estrada 
SEAS'07. My husband and I 
[planned to] move to Denver this 


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August, where I'll start a judicial 
clerkship with Chief Justice Nancy 
Rice [of the Colorado Supreme 
Court]. I'm looking forward to 
connecting with Columbians in the 
Denver area!" 

And on June 20, Benjamin 
Baker married Elise Herbruger. 

The ceremony was performed in 
St. Paul's Chapel and the reception 
was held in Faculty House. Among 
the groomsmen were Bryan Moch- 
izuki and Jacob Olson. Also in 
attendance were Ben's father, 
Daniel Baker '76; sister, Sarah Baker 
| '10; and friends Aaron Bruker, 

Arvind Kadaba and Kylie Davis. 

And many classmates are 
starting exciting new professional 
chapters... 

Anna Natenzon shares, "I 
recently graduated from residency 
in ob/ gyn at the Albert Einstein 
j College of Medicine and started as 

an attending physician at Hacken¬ 
sack University Medical Center in 
New Jersey." 

James Mahon writes, "So 
excited to have recently gradu¬ 
ated with my Ph.D. from Har¬ 
vard! I accepted a position with 
Deloitte and [was planning to] 
move to Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, in 
July. Looking forward to catching 
up with all the Columbia folks 
still in New York!" 

i Josie Raymond (nee Swin¬ 

dler) shares, "I've finally moved 
home to Louisville, Ky., with 
my husband, Adam (who went 
to NYU and was an honorary 
I Wien resident for two years). Our 

daughter, Pippy, is 22 months. I'm 
a Kiva Fellow, working to provide 
domestic microloans to entrepre¬ 
neurs in Louisville. We're working 
| on getting an alumni club up and 

running here — please be in touch 
if you're nearby!" 

David Greenhouse lives in 
I London and recently started as 

an implementation consultant for 
AppNexus, a company that pro¬ 
vides technology solutions to the 
digital advertising industry. 

Julia Kite writes, "I am the 
new policy and research manager 
at Transportation Alternatives, a 
nonprofit dedicated to safer streets 
in New York City. I'm looking for¬ 
ward to helping make New York 
a better place to walk, cycle and 
otherwise get around without a 
car, and to putting my nerdy obses¬ 
sion with all things urban to good 
use. If you're looking to cycle in the 
city, I wholeheartedly recommend 
Redbeard Bikes in Brooklyn, which 
is owned by Kasia Nikhamina and 
her husband, Ilya." 

Kathleen Reckling shares, 

"This was a pretty fantastic year! 
Since 2011, I've been the busy 
gallery director of Arts Westchester 
in White Plains, N.Y. In March 
I opened 'Crossing Borders: 



Beatrice Lee '09 and Victor Chiang SEAS'09 were married last October at St. Paul's Chapel. Left to 
right: Wilson Li, Pik Yee Lai, Peter Fung, Andrea Chan SEAS'09, Philip Foo, Katherine Zhang '09, Steven 
Mon SEAS'09, Pamela Sundelacruz SEAS'09, the bride and the groom. 


Memory and Heritage in a New 
America,' an exhibition of artwork 
responding to the contemporary 
immigrant experience. As curator, 

I was proud the exhibition won 
a federal grant from the National 
Endowment for the Arts and was 
featured in a fabulous full-page 
spread in The New York Times. I'm 
excited to share that I was recog¬ 
nized as a 914INC. 'Wunderkind' 
for 2015 — one of 22 professionals 
under 30 who are making signifi¬ 
cant contributions to the business 
climate of Westchester County. 

And one final exciting announce¬ 
ment: My next curatorial project, 
'SHE: Deconstructing Female Iden¬ 
tity,' was also awarded a significant 
grant from the NEA. The show 
opens in March 2016; I hope to see 
any NYC-area alumni there!" 


Neda Navab 

353 King St., Apt. 633 
San Francisco, CA 94158 
nn2126@columbia.edu 

When we graduated, only one 
state in the country recognized 
same-sex couples' freedom to 
marry. Now, seven years later, the 
Supreme Court confirmed what 
so many of us believed all along: 
that every American seeking the 
freedom to marry the person he or 
she loves deserves equal dignity in 
the eyes of the law. 

Andy Schlesinger is proud to 
have been working for the ACLU 
(which was co-counsel in two of the 
four marriage cases that reached the 
Supreme Court) on decision day, 
and he wants to share his joy with 


all his fellow LGBT alumni who 
can now choose to marry (or not 
marry!) whomever the heck they 
want, wherever they want. 

David Henry Gerson recently 
earned an M.F.A. in directing from 
the American Film Institute in Los 
Angeles. He says, "My thesis film at 
AFI was in some way the comple¬ 
tion of my thesis from Columbia!" 

Congrats, David! 

JD Stettin recently moved to 
Dallas to start a commercial real 
estate investment firm with his 
brother, Jessie. They relocated from 
their lifelong home of New York 
City in order to be central to their 
coast-to-coast investments and 
investors. JD loves commercial 
real estate and investment, and is 
always happy to talk with fellow 
Columbians. If you can't make it to 
Dallas for a tour of his latest office 
building in Dallas Arts District, 
you can call (917-502-0615) or email 
(jdstettin@camegiecp.com) him 
anytime — though it is Central 
Standard Time these days. 

Jonathan Basile created an 
online version of Jorge Luis Borges' 
Library of Babel (library ofbabel. 
info). It contains every possible 
permutation of a page of text 
of 3,200 characters. Thus, it is a 
collection of everything that ever 
has been or could be written, 
including this message. And it's 
searchable. In total, there are 
about 10 A 4677 410-page books on 
the site. To put that in perspec¬ 
tive, the universe is thought to 
contain about 10 A 80 atoms. 

Applying the same principle to 
the visual world, he has created an 
image archive with every possible 



combination of 4096 colors on a 
640x416 pixel canvas (Babel Image 
Archives: babelia.libraryofbabel. 
info). It contains portraits of 
every person who ever lived at 
every moment in his or her life, 
digitized versions of every work 
of art ever created, even those lost 
to history, as well as every work of 
art that ever could be created, and 
photographs of your own birth, 
wedding and funeral. It contains 
10 A 961755 images. 


Alidad Damooei 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
damooei@gmail.com 

Beatrice Lee and Victor Chiang 
SEAS'09 were married in October 
2014 at St. Paul's Chapel. The 
couple began dating during their 
junior year of college and got 
engaged on the six-year anniver¬ 
sary of their first date. There to 
help celebrate their joyous day 
were many friends from Columbia, 
including Steven Mon SEAS'09, 
Katherine Zhang, Pamela Sun¬ 
delacruz SEAS'09 and Andrea 
Chan SEAS'09. 

Michael Accordino '07 and Lau¬ 
ren Accordino welcomed their first 
child, Maximus "Max" Joshua, on 
April 23. They are hoping he joins 
the Class of 2033. 

On May 8, Clark Koury sur¬ 
prised his girlfriend of three years, 
Christy Polanco, by proposing dur¬ 
ing sunset on the beach in Carmel, 
Calif. She said yes (!). An under- 



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cover photographer was on site to 
capture some amazing pictures. 
They spent the weekend relax¬ 
ing and celebrating with friends, 
including Ralph DeBemardo and 
Kaitlyn Busier '10, who drove down 
from Palo Alto, Calif. The date has 
not yet been set, as they are explor¬ 
ing wedding destinations. 

David LoVerme finished his 
M.B.A. at Boston College in May. 

In his final semester, he founded 
a startup, Radici Travel, that 
combines his passions for history 
and travel. David will work on 
Radici full-time and also will be 
part of the 2015 class of the Soaring 
Startup Circle accelerator in Bos¬ 
ton. Outside of work, David was 
excited to relive his EC201 Sunday 
nights with JP McManus, Jared 
Walker, JP Park SEAS'09 and 
Sophie Reiser when the Entourage 
movie came out in June! 

In May, Andrea Steele '07 
planned a surprise 28th birthday 
party for her husband, Cody 
Steele, at a bar in Brooklyn. It was 
a great turnout from friends and 
family, including married couple 
Craig Hormann SEAS'08 and Liz 
Hormann '08, Kristina George '07, 
Ula Kudelski, Katrina Benitez 
and Clark Koury. 

Lana Limon recently packed up 
her East Coast life to move back 
to Los Angeles, trading snowball 
fights for beach days. During her 
decade in New York City, Lana 
pursued graphic design and 
launched her own company, Lana 
Limon Studio, in 2012. She also 
found her niche as the assistant art 
director at MAD Magazine, making 
her the fifth woman to work at the 
publication in a creative capacity. 

Lana met Christian Douglass 
GS'15 two years ago while he 
was studying for his degree in 
political science and human rights 
at Columbia. Soon after consoli¬ 
dating their abodes in the Upper 
West Side, they celebrated another 
milestone by welcoming a furry 
son/Cairn Terrier named Gunter 
("Giiny") into their home. After 
Christian graduated in May, the 


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couple and pooch packed their car 
to the brim and drove cross-coun¬ 
try to the golden shores of El Lay, 
where they hope to live a more 
sandy and serene existence. 

After six years of investment 
banking at Barclays Capital and 
Credit Suisse in NYC, David 
Alade moved to Detroit in late 
May. There he joined his best bud, 
Andrew Colom '05, to work on a 
company they founded last year. 
Century Partners. Their mission 
is to facilitate holistic community 
revitalization primarily through 
three channels: 

1. sustainable residential hous¬ 
ing development and property 
management; 

2. grass-roots community out¬ 
reach and advocacy; and 

3. core competency develop¬ 
ment and empowerment through 
the arts. 

In the summer 2014, David fell 
in love with the energy burning 
within Detroit and began finan¬ 
cially investing in its neighbor¬ 
hoods. For more information on 
how to get involved in what David 
calls the most rapidly evolving — 
but accessible — urban space in 
the USA, shoot a note to david@ 
centurypartners.org. 

In July, Winston Christie-Blick 
planned to pedal his way across 
Europe in July as part of the Trans¬ 
continental bike race. Alongside 
200 other participants, he planned 
to attempt to find the fastest route 
crossing 2,500 miles from Brussels, 
Belgium, to the gates of an Otto¬ 
man fortress in Istanbul. Show 
your support and change a life by 
contributing to Winston's World 
Bicycle Relief campaign: teamwbr. 
worldbicyclerelief.org/winstoncb. 



Julia Feldberg 

One Western Ave, Apt.717 
Boston, MA 02163 


juliafeldberg@gmail.com 


Hi, 2010.1 hope all of you had a 
wonderful summer. While I was 
unfortunately unable to attend our 
five-year reunion in May, class¬ 
mates have shared great recaps 
of the weekend's festivities. Let 7 s 
dive straight into the notes! 

Emily Lampert, our reunion 
programming chair, shared 
some highlights: 

"I had a great time at reunion! 

I enjoyed kicking off the weekend 
and catching up with classmates 
in a less-formal setting at The 
Ainsworth on Thursday night. 
Perhaps my favorite event of the 
weekend was the 2010-exclusive 
reception before the Young Alumni 
Party on Friday — it was great to 
see our class together again in one 
space. Following many excellent 
years at the U.S.S Intrepid, this 



Left to right: Jordan Kobb '10, Carolyn Matos-Montes '12 and Russell 
Kostelak '11 celebrated their 2015 graduation from Cornell Law on 
March 10. 


photo: peter holst-grubbe 


year's new venue for the Young 
Alumni Party, Stage 48, did not 
disappoint. We enjoyed four floors 
of dancing and drinking, and a 
rooftop with beautiful views. 

"The reunion would not have 
been complete without our Class 
of 2010 dinner, followed by the 
magical Starlight Reception, on 
Saturday. We toasted the reunion 
classes with champagne and 
danced to a live band under a 
tent on Low Plaza, a fantastic 
way to end the weekend. Thank 
you to the Reunion Committee 
and to the Alumni Office staff for 
all of their hard work! 

"On a personal note, I [planned 
to begin] pursuing an M.B.A. at 
Wharton in August." 

Valerie Sapozhnikova shares, 

"It's hard to believe that we recently 
celebrated our fifth reunion! I had 
an absolute blast coming back to 
campus, catching up with everyone 
and dancing to a live band on Low 
Plaza. I'm really impressed by all 
the accomplishments and adven¬ 
tures of our classmates since gradu¬ 
ation. Keep it up, Class of 2010! 

"This past semester I got 
engaged to my boyfriend of many 
years. I am happy to be back in 
New York for the summer after 
surviving a brutal winter in Bos¬ 
ton. This summer, I was a summer 
associate at Cravath, Swaine & 
Moore. In the fall, I will return to 
Harvard Law for my last year of 
law school. If anyone is in Boston 
this coming school year, I would 
love to have another reunion!" 

Alana Sivin writes, "I am a pub¬ 
lic defender in Manhattan. I love it 
and feel like I'm exactly where I'm 
supposed to be. Life is good! I'm 
getting great experience and am 
really passionate about the work 
that I'm doing. 

"I live in Brooklyn and am 
happy it 7 s summer [as I write this] 
so I can bike anywhere and every¬ 
where. I had such a great time at 


reunion! I was only able to go to 
Saturday's dinner because I was in 
a six-day training but it was such a 
blast to see people I haven't seen in 
years and to dance on Low Plaza. 
Loved hearing about my peers' 
accomplishments, engagements 
and life changes. It 7 s amazing to 
see how far everyone has come." 

Ahiza Garcia recently started 
as a staff reporter at CNNMoney, 
where she covers business and 
tech. She writes about reunion, "I 
had a wonderful time catching up 
with classmates who are doing 
amazing and creative things. It 
was so inspiring to see that people 
I so admire are effecting positive 
change in the world and are intent 
on making a difference in society. 
Columbia grads are the best!" 

Arvind Ravichandran LAW'12 
proposed to Jacquelyn La Torre 
the morning of reunion. She said 
yes! Columbia has always been the 
backdrop of their romance: Their 
courtship began six years ago in 
the "Intro to Swim" class, when he 
asked her to race. 

Millie Manning was married 
on May 16 to William Haberland at 
The Elks at Bass Rocks in Glouces¬ 
ter, Mass. They honeymooned 
in Italy, which kept them from 
attending reunion. The bridal party 
included Clea Litewka. Millie and 
William live in Gloucester with 
their dog, Emma. 

Last but not least, our regular 
update from Chris Yim: "The last 
month has been an absolute whirl¬ 
wind, and I'm writing this note as I 
set off for my honeymoon in Banff 
— we're outdoorsy folks. 

"The adventure started when 
I went to Sonoma Lake with 
my roommates (Varan Gulati 
SEAS'10 and my [then-]fiancee, 
Grace) and contracted a bad case 
of poison oak. Over the course 
of a week, my entire face and 
groin area was decimated by that 
wretched plant. The worst of it 


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set in while I was at my bachelor 
party in Colorado. I woke up with 
swollen eyes and looked like what 
Floyd Mayweather Jr. should have 
looked like after his bout with 
Manny Pacquiao. Despite this 
setback, I had an epic Memorial 
Day weekend with a group of guys 
that I'm fortunate enough to call 
brothers. We tore through Denver 
like a Kansas tornado and found 
our way to Breckenridge, where 
we met nature and all its wonders. 

"Briefly after, I landed in New 
York City for the Class of 2010 
reunion. These were my takeaways 
from the reunion: 

"1. IT s great to be a nerd among 
a sea of nerds. 

"2. Names came back quicker 
than I thought they would, and 
there were a lot of people who, 
even though I hadn't kept in touch 
with them or seen them during the 
last five years, it was genuinely 
super good to see and hear what 
they have been up to. 

"3. The weather in New York 
could not have been any better for 
our brief time there. It made me 
very nostalgic for all the wonderful 
times that I had there. 

"4.1 went up to a guy who I 
thought was Niket Pandey and 
told him that he looked like a 
'grown man.' He replied, 'I am a 
brown man!' Then we chatted for a 
few minutes before I realized that 
it was another Indian guy who 
looked like Niket. I later found 
Niket and told him this. 

"5.1 realized that I never had a 
set group of friends. I had a friend 
here and there from classes, a few 
friends from my freshman year 
floor (Carman 12, holler!), a few 
friends from being an RA and 
other activities, but my closest 
friends aren't part of a group that 
we formed. 

"6. Congratulations to everyone 
who has graduated recently from 
school and those who are about to 
start school. It's an exciting journey. 
The only school that I could see 
myself going to at this point is 
business school, but now that I'm 
married, I think it's too late. 

"7. The campus area has 
changed a little bit with new 
establishments but the campus 
itself was the same, bringing back 
memories of times on Low Steps, 
skipping class and shenanigans 
in various dorms. I really missed 
pick-up basketball and my intra¬ 
mural teams. 

"8.1 realized that not many 
people in our class had gotten 
married and that I was one of the 
first. As a kid from a small town 
in Virginia I always thought that 
I would get married young but 
after having my heart gutted in 
college, I grew dark and jaded. It 
wasn't until I met a Beyonce-like 


angel that the ice melted and I 
found myself engaged at 26. Love 
conquers all. 

"9. Reunion was a special thing. 
Approximately 2,000 kids gradu¬ 
ated with our class, and whether 
or not we knew everyone, we all 
brushed shoulders, crossed paths 
and walked on the same campus 
for four years — some of the most 
influential years of my life. We 
grew up together around some of 
the smartest, most distinguished 
and coolest kids in the world. We 
weren't the traditional type of cool, 
but we had edge. We got to live 
in New York as 18-year-olds and 
explore a gangly beast of a city in 
the prime of our youth. I grew up 
in college, went from being a shy, 
bashful kid to an adult who could 
speak up and for himself. I learned 
about God, truth and that the fear 
of sounding stupid is totally irra¬ 
tional. I learned about privilege, 
about intimacy and about having 
friends who you can truly count on 
for anything. I learned how to get 
by, how to struggle, how to pass 
tests and cram and I learned that 
that 7 s not the way to do it. I'm not 
the only one who learned these 
lessons and some people learned 
different ones but we all did it on 
the same campus and it 7 s because 
of the people we came across. I 
loved my time there and wouldn't 
trade it in for anything. 

"Now, my wedding! What a 
beautiful day that went by too 
quickly. I had three groomsmen 
from Columbia — Justin Leung 
'09, Zak Ringelstein '08 and Varan 
Gulati SEAS'10. We had our wed¬ 
ding on a farm in Winters, Calif., 
just a 114-hour drive from San Fran¬ 
cisco. Friends from every part of our 
lives were in attendance. We had a 
Ferris wheel, and it was the most 
magical night of my life to date. 

My wife (can't believe I'm calling 
her that) walked out to a Lord of the 
Rings song played by a string trio, 
we kissed on the aforementioned 
Ferris wheel, walked through a lav¬ 
ender field, danced with our parents 
and were lifted up onto our friends' 
shoulders as 'Forever Young' played 
and our guests chanted 'House of 
Yim.' 'Twas truly a special day that 
I spent two days recovering from. 
Lots of love and thanks to our fam¬ 
ily and friends who made our day a 
once-in-a-lifetime experience. Never 
have I felt so much love. Check 
out photos on Instagram; hashtag 
#peaceloveyims. 

"If I had to sum up this email 
in three points, I would say this: 

"1. Thank you, thank you, thank 
you. I'm undeserving of your 
generosity, and I hope that I'll have 
the opportunity to pay it forward. 
Challenge me to be more generous. 

"2.1 think we have this notion 
sometimes that we need to be 


friends with people because 
they're of benefit to us (it 7 s very 
utilitarian), but sometimes, you can 
just be friends with people because 
you love them, because they bring 
out the best in you, make you 
laugh, remind you of memories 
that were really good and they get 
your essence. You know you're 
living a good life when you get the 
chance to surround yourself with 
the people you love. 

"3. I'm going to butcher this, 
but my dentist told me that 
your mouth/teeth/gums are 
an ever-evolving, ever-shifting 
thing. That 7 s why, if you've ever 
had braces, you need to wear 
your retainers. If you don't, your 
teeth start to shift again. And you 
can never stop wearing retainers 
because your mouth is always 
changing. People are like that; 
we're constantly changing. The 
importance of finding a good part¬ 
ner is to make sure that the retainer 
you're putting on your teeth is one 
that 7 s going to make your smile 
look great (this metaphor isn't 
perfect). But if you're all messed 
up, a wreck on the inside, then the 
retainer itself is no good and you'll 
just mess that up, too. My point 
is, find a lady/guy who is good to 
you, who makes you better and 
fortifies you. Also make sure that 
you're not too selfish, self-centered 
and messed up; otherwise, you're 
no good either. Once you do find 
him/her, hold onto him/her for 
the rest of your life. 

"Finally, I give this all up to the 
man upstairs, who made life and 
love possible. Even when I forget 
and live the hedonistic life, I know 
in my heart of hearts that I couldn't 
live and believe in humanity 
without believing that we needed 
to be saved and that someone who 
thought the universe of us had to 
do it. Lebron isn't the King. That's 
my homeboy, Jesus." 


REUNION WEEKEND 
JUNE 2-5, 2016 

ALUMNI OFFICE CONTACTS 

ALUMNI AFFAIRS Vanessa Scott 
vs2470@columbia.edu 
212-851-9148 
DEVELOPMENT Sarah Fan 
sf26l0@columbia.edu 
212-851-7833 



Nuriel Moghavem and 
Sean Udell 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New'York, NY 10025 


nurielm@gmail.com 

sean.udell@gmail.com 


It continues to be a pleasure to hear 
about all of 2011's successes four 
years out from graduation! When 
we aren't writing these columns, 


your class correspondents have 
been hard at work in their respec¬ 
tive medical endeavors. Nuriel 
is taking a year off from medical 
school at Stanford to learn more 
about policy development and 
Sean recently joined the Class of 
2019 at Penn Med. If you're visiting 
California's Bay Area or Philadel¬ 
phia, please drop one of us a line! 
We'd love to say hello. 

Many of our classmates report 
new beginnings at this stage in their 
careers. Kara Bess McCaleb started 
a job with Goldman Sachs within 
its business architecture and change 
management subdivision. Specifi¬ 
cally, she will work with its industri¬ 
alization team to drive the adoption 
of global core competencies meant 
to bring greater efficiency and risk 
management capabilities to the 
operations division. 

Michelle Yuan left the banking 
life at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong 
for her own startup: the Asia Wed¬ 
ding Network Ltd. (asiawedding 
network.com). It's a platform for 
newly engaged couples to plan 
their wedding, connect with 
vendors and get expert advice on 
planning a wedding in Asia. 

On the other side of the pond, 
Sam Beck and his wife, Louise 
Beck (nee Stewart), have been liv¬ 
ing in London while Sam completes 
his Ph.D. and Louise is an objects 
conservator at the Science Museum. 
They planned to move back to the 
United States in August; Louise 
was to start graduate school at 
Johns Hopkins, doing research 
into the aging and preservation 
of 3-D printed materials. Sam will 
be writing up his Ph.D. and be an 
adjunct professor while applying 
for postdoctoral fellowships. 

Matthew Stewart recently 
started graduate school at Tufts in 
occupational therapy (O.T.). He 
has been working in psychiatric 
rehabilitation since graduation 
from Columbia, where he was a 
counselor in a mental health and 
substance abuse day program in 
East Harlem. He hopes that study¬ 
ing O.T. will help him improve his 
skills as a mental health worker. 
He will also develop a new set 
of rehabilitative and therapeutic 
skills that will enable him to assist 
other populations with their day- 
to-day needs. 

Past class correspondent Colin 
Sullivan recently left his role in 
business development at The 
Huffington Post and completed 
a spring internship at Starwood 
Hotels and Resorts before starting 
an M.B.A. at Northwestern's Kel¬ 
logg School of Management this 
fall. Prior to journeying to Illinois 
in late summer, Colin planned to 
spend July and August traveling 
through Italy and Turkey with 
Cindy Pan '12. This past spring, he 


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Former roommates Ben Kurland 'll, Raphael Pope-Sussman '11 and Nilkanth Patel SEAS'll met in Delhi, 
India, for Patel's August 2014 wedding. Left to right: Anna Arons BC'10, Alexandra Katz BC'll, Patel, Kurland, 
Larisa Sunderland and Pope-Sussman. 


ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon 
with Akhil Mehta SEAS'll and 
enjoyed catching up with fellow 
alumni and friends at the 2015 
Young Alumni Spring Benefit. 

After eight years in New York 
City and being a consultant after 
graduation, Jessica Schwartz also 
planned to move to Chicago in 
August to attend the Kellogg School 
of Management. Jessica is looking 
forward to getting her M.B.A. 
alongside a few other Columbia 
2011 alums. Prior to starting grad 
school, Jessica planned to travel in 
Japan and Taiwan. 

Neil Pearlman is in his fourth 
year of living in the Boston area 
and touring the country (and 
sometimes farther afield) as a 
Celtic/jazz musician, both free¬ 
lance and with his band. Alba's 
Edge, which also features Doug 
Bems '10 on bass and Neil's sister, 
Lilly Pearlman BC'14, on fiddle. 
This year the band released its 
debut album. Run to Fly, produced 
by world-renowned Scottish 
fiddle player and composer Aidan 
O'Rourke. Aidan has been a 
lifelong musical hero of Neil's, so 


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it was a major milestone both per¬ 
sonally and professionally. They're 
very excited about the resulting 
recording, they said. 

After graduation, Kasey 
Koopmans moved to Kathmandu, 
Nepal, to work with Save the 
Children through a Princeton in 
Asia fellowship. After a year there, 
she moved to Yangon, Myanmar, 
for a position with a local NGO 
via Princeton in Asia. When that 
wrapped up, she found a job in 
market and industrial research 
that kept her in Yangon up until 
a few months ago. Kasey packed 
her bags in April and dragged 
them back stateside. She planned 
to hike the Pacific Crest Trail for 
five months, with no idea what 
her life will hold at the end. Follow 
her on her blog, The Importance 
of Elsewhere: kaseykoopmans. 
wordpress.com. 

Shira Schindel is engaged to 
Ron Gejman '10! They met on 
campus in 2007. 

There are also tons of gradu¬ 
ations to note! Ana Bobadilla 
recently graduated from an 
M.B.A. program at IESE Business 
School in Barcelona. She says it 
was great fun in an awesome 
city and looks forward to join¬ 
ing a rotational program with 
Citi (Latin American CITIzens 
Management Associate Program), 
where she will travel around Latin 
America for the next two years. 

Zila Reyes Acosta-Grimes 
LAW'15 will start at Debevoise & 
Plimpton this fall. 

Nicole Cata graduated with a 
J.D. from The George Washington 
University Law School and with 
an M.A. from the Elliott School of 
International Affairs. In September, 
she will start as a judicial law clerk 
for the U.S. Department of Justice's 
Executive Office for Immigration 
Review in New York. She also 


recently attended Women's Power 
to Stop War's WILPF 2015 Confer¬ 
ence, hosted by the Women's 
International League for Peace 
and Freedom in The Hague, and 
helped facilitate roundtable discus¬ 
sions about feminist peace activism 
on university campuses. 

Alexandra Coromilas PS'15 
moved to Boston to start an inter¬ 
nal medicine residency at Mas¬ 
sachusetts General Hospital. 

In Los Angeles, Taylor 
Tomczyszyn recently received a 
master's in urban planning from 
USC. Taylor continues her work as 
the director of national programs 
for CBS EcoMedia, and is engaged 
to be married in fall 2016. 

Kyle Robinson graduated from 
the University of Horida's College 
of Medicine with honors and 
matched into plastic and reconstruc¬ 
tive surgery at the University of 
Tennessee at Memphis. He recently 
became engaged to Sarah Carey, 
whom he met in medical school 
(and who will be a pediatrics resi¬ 
dent at St. Jude Children's Research 
Hospital). They are tying the knot in 
November 2016, in Miami. 

And, of course, many Colum¬ 
bians continue to make positive 
changes in the world without 
making major changes in their own 
lives. Dhruv Vasishtha has begun 
a smoothie obsession, typically 
buying healthful ingredients at his 
local farmers market. He makes 
the treats in his Ninja Professional 
Blender every morning, when you 
can still hear his soul screaming. 

Tanisha Dee Daniel recently 
celebrated her one-year anniver¬ 
sary as a pathologist office assistant 
at Memorial Sloan Kettering Can¬ 
cer Center. She supports a team of 
clinicians and researchers who are 
working to shed light on the varied 
tumor morphology that presents 
in the gastrointestinal tract, driving 


toward personalized medicine and 
cancer treatment for G.I. primary 
and metastatic tumors. Excitingly, 
she added that she planned to take 
a reunion trip to Thailand this past 
summer with other Columbians, 
including Luwam Kidane '12, 
Katherine Klymko and Zawadi 
Baharanyi. Their friendship dates 
back to living in Carman on the 
mezzanine floor as freshmen. The 
annual trip started with an alterna¬ 
tive Spring Break in New Orleans 
and, each year since, they've made 
time to reconnect and go on an 
adventure. Thailand will be their 
furthest stop yet. 

Pretty awesome. 

Joey Shemuel works on the 
social work team at an HIV clinic 
in San Francisco, is taking prereq¬ 
uisite courses to apply to public 
health programs, lives in a "silly" 
co-op in Oakland and is happily 
dating a geographer. 

Ben Kurland and Raphael 
Pope-Sussman went to India this 
past summer to celebrate Nil¬ 
kanth Patel SEAS'll's wedding. 
Dino Grandoni was supposed 
to come but applied for the visa 
too late. See the nearby photo for 
other attendees! 


12 


Sarah Chai 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 


sarahbchai@gmail.com 

Class of 2012, we have lots to 
celebrate with many graduations, 
new jobs and even an engagement 
on Low Steps! 

Last Thanksgiving, Max 
Banaszak proposed to Gina Ng 
(University College London '11, 

NYU '13) on Low Steps. The two 

celebrated at Dinosaur Bar-B- 

Que with Jason Alford, Morgan 

Fletcher, Anchit Nayar, Theo 

Buchsbaum '14 and Ayelet Evrony 

'13. Max writes, "The rest of John 

Jay 12 was there in spirit!" j 

After graduation, Max taught 
English in the rural countryside 
of Yunnan province, China, for 
two years, then worked in finance 
in Hong Kong. As of this past 
August, he moved to Singapore to 
be with Gina. There, he works in 
the Southeast Asian physical com¬ 
modities business. 

On May 15, Sarah Engle gradu¬ 
ated from Georgetown with an 
M.A. in security studies. 

Also graduating this past May, 

Carolyn Matos Montes earned a 
J.D. from Cornell Law along with 
Jordan Kobb '10, Russell Kostelak 
'11 and Jessica Flores '10. Carolyn 
writes that she is glad to have sur¬ 
vived three brutally cold winters 
in Ithaca. 


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Left to right: Liz Lee '12, Ashley Chin '12 and Lea Siegel '13 met up 
at Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, Calif., on May 30. 

PHOTO: TOM FULLERTON 


Congrats to all the graduates! 

Paul Hsiao spent the summer 
going to various tech events with 
Emily Ahn, going to Cape Cod and 
visiting Sonal Bothra in Seattle. 

Paul sends best wishes to Chuck 
Roberts, who is in law school (he 
writes, "Who's going to rock bow- 
ties now?"), and welcomes Alex 
Harstrick back to New York from 
his training with the U.S. Army 
Reserve. Paul also entreats James 
Tyson, who is spending several 
years in Washington, D.C., as a 
fellow for the Brookings Institution, 
to come back to New York (his note 
included #drafttyson). 

After living and teaching in 
Seoul, South Korea, Jenn Leyva 
moved to Brooklyn in August to 
teach seventh-grade science. She 
says that she is looking forward to 
pizza, bagels and plus-size shop¬ 
ping in Brooklyn. 

Yin Yin Lu completed her first 
year as a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) student at 
the Oxford Internet Institute and 
Balliol College. Her thesis is on 
the rhetoric of hashtag campaigns. 
Outside of academia, she has been 
actively involved in Oxford's entre¬ 
preneurship ecosystem and in May 
and June participated in the Venture 
Idea Exploration Workshop at Said 
Business School. The event culmi¬ 
nated on June 12 with her pitch 
to the audience and investors for 
Hashnovel, a new media publishing 
platform that visualizes crowd- 
sourced stories as branching trees. 
She writes, "If you're intrigued, 
find out more (and see the demo) at 
hashnovel.com. It will potentially 
be a new genre of literature!" 

Aditya Mukerjee shared an 
exciting update: "The Columbia 
collection never ends!" After a 
three-month retreat at the Recurse 
Center (founded by Nicholas 
Bergson-Shilcock SEAS'08 and 
David Albert SEAS'09), Aditya 
is excited to be starting work 


at Stripe, a startup that enables 
businesses to accept and manage 
online payments. He'll be joining 
Dan Weinstein, Pierre Gergis and 
even his next-door neighbor from 
Shapiro 3 — Nathan Bailey! Stripe 
is headquartered in San Francisco 
but Aditya will be staying in NYC 
and working remotely. 

The Recurse Center, based in 
SoHo, is "a free, self-directed, 
educational retreat for people who 
want to get better at programming, 
whether they've been coding for 
three decades or three months." 
Aditya used it as a sabbatical and 
a chance to work on his personal 
projects without any distractions. 

Sarah Ngu is a freelance writer, 
primarily producing thought 
leadership businesses and leaders. 
She lives in South Slope, Brooklyn, 
with Carolyn Ruvkun '13, whom 
she met through Nightline, Colum¬ 
bia/Barnard's student-run hotline. 

Since graduation, Cristina "Cha" 
Ramos has appeared in numer¬ 
ous plays around New York City 
(including a staged reading of her 
own full-length, original play), a 
few short films, a couple of interna¬ 
tionally televised dance perfor¬ 
mances and a spoken word piece 
or two (one in front of thousands 
at Madison Square Garden!). She 
decided to pursue training in stage 
combat and is now certified with 
recommendation from the Society 
of American Fight Directors in three 
combat disciplines. She's also taken 
on an administrative role at The 
Boston Consulting Group and says 
she loves the people. She is still hap¬ 
pily living in New York City with 
her percussionist/entrepreneur 
brother, Javier Ramos 'll, and four 
other professional musicians. 

Thanks for all the awesome 
submissions, and keep them com¬ 
ing because I know I'm not the 
only one who enjoys hearing our 
classmates' news! 


13 


Tala Akhavan 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 


talaakhavan@gmail.com • 


Richard Sun is running for city 
council in his hometown of Sum¬ 
mit, N.J. After being appointed 
to the city's Recycling Advisory 
Committee, Richard co-founded a 
nonprofit in Summit and has been 
serving the community for more 
than a decade. 

Richard says he will bring a 
fresh perspective on economic 
development, public education 
and technology to the Summit city 
council and is committed to creat¬ 
ing opportunities for all members 
of the community. Richard recently 
left his job at McKinsey, where he 
advised infrastructure and phar¬ 
maceutical clients, to devote his 
time to serving Summit. 

Richard says his campaign 
is grateful to have the support 
of many Columbia classmates, 
including Alex Frouman '12 and 
Alex Andresian '14. To learn more, 
visit sunforsummit.com. You can 
also reach out at Richard.M.Sun@ 
gmail.com or 908-227-9060. 

Leland Gill's first book. How 
to Be A Supervillain: And Love Life 
Doing It, was released in July and 
is available on Amazon as well as 
other digital outlets. He is working 
with the publisher on scheduling 
signing events and convention 
appearances. Progress on the book 
can be followed at facebook.com/ 
thevillaincorps. 

Amanda Gutterman was 
involved with the launch of a news 
website and app this summer. 

Slant (slantnews.com). Mobli, 

Slant 7 s parent company, reached 
out to Amanda this past March 
about an exciting new endeavor; 
when she signed on to lead the 
project as editorial director and 
build a team in New York, the 
idea soon evolved into Slant. 

Before launching Slant, Amanda 
was special projects editor at The 
Huffington Post. 

Amanda describes Slant 
as "an innovative journalism 
platform that seeks to reinvent 
the newsroom for the digital age 
by blending the diversity of user¬ 
generated content while applying 
the most rigorous professional 
standards of writing and report¬ 
ing." Within a week of the soft 
launch, she notes, the app and site 
reached more than 100,000 unique 
visitors, published more than 300 
pieces of original content and 
was featured twice on Product 
Hunt. As Slant moves forward, 
readers can expect more growth 
and disruption in the media space, 
Amanda says. 


14 


Emily Dreibelbis 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 


emily.dreibelbis@ 

gmail.com 


After working for a year in 
Columbia's Center for Student 
Advising (recently renamed the 
James H. and Christine Turk Ber- 
ick Center for Student Advsing), 
leading an initiative to support 
first-generation students in the 
College and SEAS, Chris Zombik 
has moved to Shanghai to work in 
a private educational consulting 
firm. He says he is enjoying the 
local cuisine and learning Chinese, 
and reminds everyone that the 
Columbia network is vast — no 
matter where you are, you can 
always find Columbia folks with 
whom to connect! 

Your classmates want to hear 
from you! Email updates to me 
at emily.dreibelbis@gmail.com or 
submit via college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/ submit_class_note. 



Kareem Carryl 

c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 


kareem.carryl@columbia. 

edu 


Hello, Class of 2015! I hope you 
all are enjoying life as Columbia 
College's newest alumni. It seems 
like just yesterday we were all 
feeling inspired during the 
Class Day and Commencement. 
Though it has only been a few 
months, I can see on Facebook, 
Instagram and other media that 
you all are up to some pretty 
cool things! 

Kunal Mehta has set out on a 
plan to see as much of the world 
as he can before going to work. At 
the time of writing, he had been to 
Peru, Korea and Vietnam. 

Ryan Rivera, Lillian Chen and 
Michael Li followed a similar 
plan, traveling extensively in South 
America with stops in several 
cities, including Rio de Janeiro, 
Bogota and Lima. 

As the summer winds down 
and many of you begin full-time 
employment or additional school¬ 
ing, remember that it is important 
to stay connected to classmates 
and to keep everyone up to date 
on the happenings in our lives. 
Please be sure to submit updates 
to me at either of the addresses at 
the top of the column or via the 
CCT webform college.columbia. 
edu/ cct/ submit_class_note. 

a 


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Obituaries 


_1 9 3 9_ 

John W. Siegal Sr., retired dentist, 
Harveys Lake, Pa., on May 26, 

2015. Bom in Larksville, Pa., on 
May 15,1918, Siegal was the son of 
Josephine Adamczyk and Walter 
Szezygiel. He was a football star at 
Larksville H.S. and later excelled 
with the Lions. Pairing up with Sid 
Luckman '39, Siegal was named All 
American in 1937. He was drafted 
by the Chicago Bears in 1939 and 
played five consecutive seasons, 
during which time the Bears won 
three World Championships. At 
the time of his passing, Siegal was 
the oldest living Chicago Bear and 
the third oldest living NFL player. 
While playing for the Bears, he 
attended Northwestern's Dental 
School. In 1944, Siegal served as a 
lieutenant in the Navy. In 1946, he 
declined an offer to return to the 



John w. Siegal Sr. '39 (right) 
with Sid Luckman '39 in 1938 
at Baker Field. 


NFL and opened a dental practice 
in Plymouth, Pa. Siegal moved 
full-time to his summer residence 
at Harveys Lake in 1963 and retired 
from his dental practice in 1986. 


He was an avid sports enthusiast, 
gardener and golfer. Siegal and 
his wife, the former Emily Ann 
Klimkevich, celebrated their 68th 
wedding anniversary before her 
2009 death. Siegal is survived by his 
children Tara Ann Cortes and John 
W. Jr. '77; three grandchildren; and 
four great-grandchildren. He was 
predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl 
Leejaver,in2011. 


_ 1 9 4 2 _ 

William R. Carey, reinsurance firm 
founder, Allendale, N.J., on July 
3,2014. Carey served actively in 
alumni and Class of 1942 affairs, 
where he held numerous leadership 
positions, including class president, 
and was recognized with a number 
of alumni achievement awards. As a 
supporter of the Columbia football 
team, Carey, who earned a degree 


from the Business School in 1942, 
and his wife, Hertha Bimer Carey, 
were fixtures at Baker Field and 
never gave up believing in a bright 
future for the Lions. One special 
moment was a surprise 80th birth¬ 
day party thrown by his children 
under a tent at Baker Field prior 
to a home football game in 2000. 
Carey completed his 80th birthday 
weekend by riding the Cyclone 
roller coaster at Coney Island three 
consecutive times. Among his 
many philanthropic activities was 
to fund the British Isles tour for 
the Columbia Lions Rugby Club 
in the '80s. He and his wife, who 
predeceased him, were proud of the 
six College alumni in their family. 
Carey is survived by three children, 
including William R. Jr. '69, and 
their spouses; 21 grandchildren; and 
16 great-grandchildren. 


Don M. Mankiewicz '42, Film and Television Writer, Novelist 


D on M. Mankiewicz '42, an Acad¬ 
emy Award-nominated screenwriter 
and novelist, died on April 25,2015, 
in Monrovia, Calif. He was 93. 

The son of Herman J. Mankiewicz (Class 
of 1917), co-writer of Citizen Kane, and 
the nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz '28, 
a writer and director of films including All 
About Eve and Julius Caesar, Mankiewicz 
was born on January 20,1922, in Berlin, 
where his father was a foreign correspon¬ 
dent for The Chicago Tribune. He grew up 
and attended high school in Beverly Hills. 
Mankiewicz enrolled at the Law School but 
left to join the Army; he served in military 
intelligence in France, Belgium and Germany. 

Mankiewicz published his first story in 
The New Yorker in 1945, thereafter joining 
the magazine as a staff writer. He wrote his 
first novel, See How They Run, in 1950. His 
second. Trial, was published in 1954 and 
made into a movie in 1955 starring Glenn 
Ford and Dorothy McGuire. That same year 
the novel garnered him the Harper Prize. 

In 1966, he published his third novel, the 
semi-autobiographical It Only Hurts a Min¬ 
ute, which analyzes his poker skills, said to 
be considerable. 

In 1957, Mankiewicz was assigned to 
adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald's The LastTycoon 
for the CBS television series Playhouse 90, 
which produced weekly 90-minute dramas. 
His script for the 1958 film / Want to Live! was 


loosely based on the true story of Barbara 
Graham, a prostitute wrongly convicted of 
murder and put to death in California's gas 
chamber in 1955. Mankiewicz received an 
Academy Award nomination for the screen¬ 
play, an adaptation of Graham's letters and 
the newspaper coverage of her execution. 

Mankiewicz also wrote the pilot episodes 
for the successful television series ironside, 
in 1967, about a paraplegic detective, star¬ 
ring Raymond Burr, and the medical drama 
Marcus welby, M.D., in 1969, starring Robert 
Young. Mankiewicz contributed later epi¬ 
sodes to both. Between 1950 and 1986, he 
wrote or co-wrote approximately 70 televi¬ 
sion episodes. These included a first-season 
episode of StarTrek, titled "Court Martial"; 
episodes of MacGyver, Mannix, McMillan & 
Wife and Simon & Simon; and the 1964-65 
NBC series Profiles in Courage, adapted from 
President John F. Kennedy's book. 

While living on Long Island, Mankiewicz 
was drawn to local Democratic Party politics 
and union activism. In 1952, he lost a race 
for a New York State Assembly seat but 
remained active in local and state politics for 
years, in 1966, he ran as an at-large delegate 
to the state constitution convention, outpoll- 
ing one of New York's biggest vote-getters, 
Sen. Jacob K. Javits, a Republican. As a 
member of the Writers Guild of America, 
Mankiewicz helped to gain union represen¬ 
tation for quiz-show writers. 



Mankiewicz returned to California in the 
early 1970s. He is survived by his second 
wife, the former Carol Bell, whom he mar¬ 
ried in 1972; their adopted daughters, Jan 
Diaz and Sandy Perez; his children, John and 
Jane, from his first marriage to llene Korsen; 
and four grandchildren. Mankiewicz was 
predeceased last October by his younger 
brother, Frank, a top aide to presidential 
candidates George McGovern and Robert 
F. Kennedy as well as the president of npr 
from 1977 to 1983. 

Karl Daum '15 and Lisa Palladino 


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OBITUARIES 


_ 1 9 4 4 _ 

Robert A. Shanley, professor emeri¬ 
tus, Springfield, Mass., on Novem¬ 
ber 1,2014. Shanley was bom on 
June 1,1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He 
served during WWH with the Army 
in the occupation duty at Okinawa, 
1945-46. Shanley earned an M.A. 
in political science from GSAS in 
1949 and a Ph.D. from Georgetown. 
While attending Georgetown, he 
held positions in the Documents 
Division, U.S. Congress, and later 
was a research assistant with U.S. 
Air Corps Intelligence. Shanley 
taught political science at Detroit 
and at Oglethorpe, then was a 
research director for the Joint Civic 
Agencies, in Springfield, Mass. He 
later was assistant director of the 
Bureau of Governmental Research 
at UMass. Shanley's 32 years of 
teaching and research focused on 
the American presidency, as well as 
environmental and energy politics 
and policies; his research focus was 
presidential executive orders. After 
retiring in 1994, Shanley volun¬ 
teered for several causes; he assisted 
j immigrants in passing their citizen¬ 

ship exams, read aloud to Spring- 
field fourth graders, and worked 
with Meals on Wheels and Rachel's 
Table. Shanley was predeceased by 
his wife, Charlotte Belenky Shanley; 
and brother, James V. He is survived 
by his cousin, Walter Strohmeyer; 

| nieces, Gloria Rothman and Susan 

Haskell; and nephew, Neil Belenky. 
_ 

_ 1 9 4 6 _ 

Donald C. Adrian, retired ob / gyn, 
Liberty, N.Y., on March 26,2014. 


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OTHER DEATHS REPORTED 

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1940 Harry Kosovsky, physician, Englewood, N.J., on January 16,2015. 

1947 John E Lippman, Springfield, Va., on March 22,2015. 

1948 David N. Brainin, attorney. New York City, on June 13,2015. 

George W. Buffington, Japanese translation consultant. Mill Valley, Calif., on August 7,2014. 

Robert E. Colwell, advertising agency founder and owner, Old Tappan, N.J., on March 2,2015. 
Joseph A. Mangano, retired physician, Raleigh, N.C., on November 7,2014. 

1950 Daniel Malcolm, retired physician, Tenafly, N.J., on June 13,2015. 

Kenneth H. Milford, retired publishing executive, flutist. New York City, on July 18,2015. 

George T. Rozos, professor emeritus of philosophy, Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 1,2015. 

1951 James B. "Tex" McNallen, Goodyear, Ariz., on May 25,2015. 

Robert G. Spiro, professor emeritus of biological chemistry and medicine, Sudbury, Mass., 
on May 16,2015. 

1952 Matthew Rosenshine, retired university professor. State College, Pa., on June 11,2015. 

1953 Elliot J. Brebner, Bridgewater, N.J., on November 10,2014. 

1954 Robert A. Reynolds, retired VP of finance, Oxford, Md., on April 22,2014. 

Jay W. Seeman, attorney. New York City, on June 23,2015. 

William C. Rindone Jr., retired attorney, Clayton, Del., on March 11,2015. 

1955 George F. Fickeissen, Santa Ana, Calif., on November 18,2014. 

1956 Arthur E. House Jr., retired educator, Franklin, W.Va., on May 29,2015. 

1957 Carl I. Margolis, physician, Rockville, Md., on July 27,2015. 

1958 Charles A. Goldstein, art restitution attorney. New York City, on July 30,2015. 

Richard M. Zakheim, physician, Miami, Fla., on July 25,2015. 

1959 Arthur I. Newman, retired executive search firm executive, Houston, on September 21,2014. 

George P. Spelios, Bayside, N.Y., on June 24,2015. 

1962 Barry H. Leeds, retired English professor, Bristol, Conn., on April 15,2015. 

1964 Robert A. Levy, retired professor of architecture, Syracuse, N.Y., on December 28,2014. 

1967 Jeffrey A. Newman, litigator, Bronx, N.Y., on March 17,2015. 


Bom on June 30,1926, in New 
Jersey, Adrian was a member of St. 
Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church 
in Liberty, a 65-year member of the 
Rising Sun Lodge No. 15 F&AM 
in Haddonfield, N.J., and a Navy 
veteran. Survivors include his 
daughters, Jennifer Fallet and her 
husband, Michael, and Lisa Adrian 
Davies; and three grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by his wife, 
Carol J., and son, Donald C. Jr. 
Memorial contributions may be 
made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church 
Restoration Fund, 24 Chestnut St., 
PO Box 1063’ Liberty, NY 12754. 

19 5 2 

Alfred P. Rubin, retired professor, 
Belmont, Mass., on November 30, 
2014. Rubin was a professor of pub¬ 
lic international law at The Fletcher 
School of Law and Diplomacy at 
Tufts from 1973 to 2002. Bom in 
Brooklyn, N.Y., on October 13,1931, 
he graduated from Stuyvesant H.S. 
and earned a J.D. from the Law 
School in 1957. His studies were 


interrupted by service in the Navy, 
from 1952 to 1955. While at Colum¬ 
bia, Rubin was a nationally ranked 
foil fencer. He attended Jesus 
College, Cambridge University 
(England), and earned an M.Litt. 
While at Cambridge, he met his 
wife, Susanne (nee Frowein); they 
married in 1960. Rubin began his 
career in 1961 as an attorney in the 
legal department of the Department 
of Defense, advancing to director 
of trade control in the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary of Defense. In 
1967, he accepted an appointment 
to Oregon Law, where he taught 
until his appointment to Fletcher in 
1973. There, in 1993, he was selected 
as the first recipient of the James L. 
Paddock Cup for teaching excel¬ 
lence. Rubin authored the books 
Ethics and Authority in International 
Law; The Law of Piracy; The Interna¬ 
tional Personality of the Malay Penin¬ 
sula; and Piracy, Paramountcy, and 
Protectorates in addition to articles, 
notes and reviews. He is survived 
by his wife as well as his children, 


Conrad, Anna and Naomi, five 
grandchildren; and brother, Sander. 

19 5 7 

Otto H. Olsen, professor emeritus, 
Gainesville, Fla., on December 4, 
2014. A first-generation Norwegian- 
American, Olsen grew up in 
Schenectady, N.Y. As a young man 
he served in the U.S. Merchant 
Marine, licensed to pilot any ship 



Otto H. Olsen '57 


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OBITUARIES 



Andrew D. Hyman ’88, Healthcare Advocate 


A ndrew D. Hyman '88, 

a government official, 
healthcare advocate 
and philanthropic leader, died 
on February 24,2015. He was 
49 and lived in Princeton, NJ. 

Hyman was born on Janu¬ 
ary 21,1966, and grew up 
in Englewood, NJ. He gradu¬ 
ated from Horace Mann H.S., 
majored in history at the 
College and graduated from 
Fordham Law in 1991, after 
which he joined Bill Clinton's 
first presidential campaign. 

Hyman served in the Clinton 
administration for eight years, 
first as special assistant to 
the general counsel of the 
Department of Health and 
Human Services, headed by Secretary Donna 
Shalala, and later as the HHS assistant secretary 
for intergovernmental affairs. From 1998 to 2001, 
Hyman was the deputy director and then direc¬ 
tor of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at 
HHS, serving as Shalala's liaison to state, local and 
tribal governments. His work at HHS also included 
efforts to combat tobacco use, implement the 
Children's Health Insurance Program and advise 
the secretary on Medicaid. 

Hyman next served as director of government 
relations and legislative counsel for the National 
Association of State Mental Health Program Direc¬ 
tors, which represents the public mental health 
systems in every state. In that role, he sought 
to advance policies that secure positive health 
outcomes and full community participation for 
individuals with mental disorders. 

in 2006, Hyman joined the Robert Wood John¬ 
son Foundation, where he worked with policy 
experts, researchers and advocates to help 
state and national policymakers to enact and 
implement policies designed to expand cover¬ 
age. He also worked with the foundation's staff 
to develop a strategy and design programs to 
address violence and its impact on children and 


families, with a particular 
focus on mental health. 

Hyman's passion was 
ensuring that everyone in 
America, especially the poor 
and the underserved, has the 
coverage necessary to access 
high quality health care — 
physical, behavioral or both. 
He worked tirelessly to cre¬ 
ate the State Health Reform 
Assistance Network to help 
states implement the cover¬ 
age provisions of the health 
care law. 

Hyman also made sure 
that consumer advocates 
had seats at the tables where 
decisions are made. To that 
aim, he helped establish 
Consumer Voices for Coverage, a national pro¬ 
gram designed to strengthen the role consumer 
advocates play in state health reform efforts. 

A committed board member of HiTOPS, a 
Princeton-based organization promoting the 
health and well-being of young people through 
prevention, education and support groups, Hyman 
also was active in several philanthropic and Jew¬ 
ish organizations. 

Hyman's family and good friends are raising 
an endowment to create nonprofit and govern¬ 
ment internship opportunities for students. If you 
have comments or questions regarding partici¬ 
pation, contact Jim McMenamin, senior associ¬ 
ate dean for Columbia College development and 
senior director for principal gifts: 212-851-7965 
orjtm2@columbia.edu. 

Hyman is survived by his children, Lily and 
Nathaniel; parents, Valerie and Dr. Allen Hyman 
'55; brothers, Joshua '85, PS'90 and his wife, Eliza¬ 
beth, and Jonathan and his wife, Susan, and their 
families; and former wife, Molly Chrein. 

A memorial is scheduled for Thursday, October 
15, at 4 p.m. in the P8<S Alumni Auditorium, 650 
W. 168th St., First FI. Shalala is scheduled to speak. 

Lisa Palladino 



of any tonnage on any ocean. He 
served in WWII in the Atlantic, 
Pacific and Mediterranean. Olsen 
earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins 
and became a professor of history 
and a renowned historian of the 
Civil War and Reconstruction. He 
taught at UNC - Chapel Hill, Old 
Dominion, George Mason, Morgan 
State, Wisconsin - Madison and 
Northern Illinois University, from 
which he retired as a professor 
emeritus after serving as chair of 
the history department from 1985 
to 1991. Olsen, an avid fisherman, 
is survived by his wife of 65 years, 


Corinne Mikkelsen Olsen; son and 
daughter-in-law, Stephen Olsen 
and Susan Bockenhauer; daugh¬ 
ter and son-in-law, Amy and Ian 
Hanigan; two grandchildren; and 
sister, Elisabeth Jackson. He was 
predeceased by his sister, Gurd 
Young, and brother, Earl. Memorial 
contributions may be made to the 
National Audubon Society or to the 
American Civil Liberties Union. 


_ 1 9 6 2 _ 

Anthony J. Forlano Sr., retired 
hotel and hospitality management 
worker. Mount Pleasant, S.C., on 


December 13,2014. Forlano was 
bom on June 20,1940, in New 
York City. After the College, he 
was commissioned in the Marine 
Corps and served during the Viet¬ 
nam War. Forlano entered civilian 
life after earning a degree in hotel 
and hospitality management from 
Cornell and continued in that 
industry for the majority of his 
career. He was also an ordained 
brother in the Grey Robes Monks 
of St. Benedict. Forlano is survived 
by his wife of 12 years, Leslie 
Graham Forlano; son, Anthony J. 
Jr. and his wife, Mary; daughter. 


Danielle Forlano Galluccio, and 
her husband, Doug; sister, Diane 
C.; four grandchildren; and many 
cousins. He was, until the moment 
of his passing, a proud patriot 
and fiercely proud Marine officer. 
Memorial contributions may be 
made to Wounded Warrior Project 
(woundedwarriorproject.org) or 
to Water Missions International 
(my.watermissions.org / donate). 


1 9 6 3 

David S. Chessler, retired econo¬ 
mist, Waltham, Mass., on Novem¬ 
ber 19,2014. Bom on March 16, 
1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Chessler 
graduated from Thomas Jefferson 
H.S. and earned two degrees 
in economics from Columbia: a 
bachelor's and a Ph.D. (GSAS, 
1974). After his academic career, 
Chessler worked for the FCC 
and later ran his own consulting 
company. A lifelong learner who 
was passionate about reading, 
Chessler also loved the outdoors 
and was active in the Boys Scouts 
of America as a leader for many 
years. He enjoyed camping trips 
with his family and summer 
vacations to Orr's Island, Maine. 
Chessler also enjoyed cooking 
for his family and friends, and 
never met a home improvement 
challenge he couldn't master. He 
is survived by his wife of 44 years, 
Christiane (nee Larbaletrier); 
son, Marc, and his wife, Amy; 
daughter, Anne-Danielle Gierahn, 
and her husband, Todd; brother, 
Michael, and his wife, Heinke 
Forfota; and five grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be 
made to the Columbia College 
Fund (college.columbia.edu/ 
alumni/give/ways) or Good 
Shepherd Community Care (hos¬ 
pice) of Newton, Mass. 

Lisa Palladino 


Correction 

The Summer 2015 obituary for 
Donald R. Pevney '54 was miss¬ 
ing some information for his 
survivors. His brother, Bruce, is 
a member of the Class of 1962; 
his daughter Donna Masterson 
is a member of the Barnard 
Class of 1982 and the Law 
School Class of 1985; and her 
husband, John Masterson, is a 
member of the Class of 1983. 

In addition, Pevney's years of 
service in the Navy were incor¬ 
rect; they were 1954-63. CCT 
apologizes for the errors. 


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Alumni Corner 

(Continued from page 88) 


was slain in 1804 at 47 (maybe 
49) in a pistol duel in New 
Jersey by Vice President Aaron 
Burr, it pretty much closed the 
book on whatever unlikely 
chances he had to become our 
nation's chief executive. 

But in his all-too-short life, 
Hamilton's achievements were 
assuredly on par with other 
achievements of Founding 
Fathers who ascended to the 
presidency. After all, he served 
bravely as an artillery captain 
at the Battle of Trenton and 
later as a general and close con¬ 
fidante to Washington during 
the American Revolution. 

In addition to being the first 
Treasury secretary, Hamil¬ 
ton also created our central 
banking system, is credited 
with the establishment of Wall 
Street and its stock exchanges, 
founded the Federalist Party, 
campaigned successfully for the 
adoption of the Constitution, 
fought against slavery, wrote 
many of the Federalist Papers, 
was instrumental in founding 
the Coast Guard, got the U.S. 
Mint established, argued inces¬ 
santly but productively with 
Jefferson, Madison and Adams 
(not withstanding Vaffaire Burr) 
and helped craft Washington's 
Farewell Address. 

So now comes Treasury, 
ready to ax its founder in 
favor of a deserving woman 
— perhaps Harriet Tubman, 
Rosa Parks or Eleanor Roos¬ 
evelt. Featuring a woman on 
our paper money for the first 
time in almost 1 Vi centuries is a 
commendable idea and needs 
to be done. But at Hamilton's 
expense? For shame! 

A better target would be 
Andrew Jackson, whose por¬ 
trait is on the $20 bill and whose 
track record includes the Trail 
of Tears that evicted Native 
Americans from their ancestral 
lands, along with making a tidy 
little profit from slave trading. 
(Jackson reportedly kept hun¬ 
dreds of slaves at his Hermitage 


plantation near Nashville.) He 
deserves to go, not Hamilton. 

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew 
(who ironically holds the post 
created by Hamilton) says that 
the $10 bill has been slated for 
an anti-counterfeiting redesign 
for some time and, as part of 
the process, an opportunity 
arose to honor a deserving 
woman with the central portrait 
while still recognizing Hamil¬ 
ton in some undetermined way. 
But when Treasury made the 
announcement in 2013 that the 
10-spot was up for redesign, 
nothing was said about taking 
aim at Hamilton. That makes 
it either an odd omission from 
the original announcement or a 
more recent decision that war¬ 
rants explanation and consider¬ 
ation beyond the convenience 
of timing. 

Others are with me — nota¬ 
bly a grassroots organization 
called "Women on 20s," which 
has been campaigning for a 
woman to replace Jackson 
on the $20 bill since late last 
winter. This solution also was 
endorsed by The New York 
Times in a July 4 editorial. 
However, as things stand now, 
Hamilton won't keep his star 
billing on the sawbuck while 
"Old Hickory" continues in 
undiminished glory on the $20 
bills dispensed to us by ATMs 
in never-ending profusion. 

It's enough to make a 
statue weep. 

a 

Bob Orkand '58 entered with the 
Class of1954 and graduated while 
serving in the Army. He retired 
as a lieutenant colonel of infantry; 
from Knight-Ridder Newspapers as 
president and publisher of the Cen¬ 
tre Daily Times in State College, 
Pa.; and as a high school teacher in 
Texas. He writes a weekly opinion 
column for his local paper, The 
Huntsville (Texas) Item, where 
an earlier version of this article ap¬ 
peared; it is reprinted and adapted 
with the Item's permission. 



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Alumni Corner 


Who Needs Change for a $10 Bill? 




By Bob Orkand '58 


I graduated from a college in Manhattan that a wag once 
described as a seat of learning nine blocks south of the 
Apollo Theater in Harlem. 

Arriving for class at Columbia each morning a few 
minutes before 9, I'd pass a bronze statue of Alexander 
Hamilton (Class of 1778) that stood 14 ft. tall mounted 
on a formidable pedestal in front of the academic and admin¬ 
istrative building bearing his name and where many of my 
classes took place. 

I think he frowned more than once at the sophomoric casual¬ 
ness with which I was under-applying myself to what should 
have been a quality educational experience. After all, my pro¬ 
fessors were some of the greats in their fields, namely Mark Van 
Doren GSAS'21, Lionel Trilling '25, GSAS'38 and Jacques Bar- 
zun '27, GSAS'32 as well as lesser-known but equally brilliant 
scholars and teachers such as Charles Everett GSAS'32, Richard 
Chase, Quentin Anderson '37, GSAS'53 and George Nobbe. 

At my tender age, I lacked the maturity to recognize and appre¬ 
ciate the wisdom and depth of knowledge to which I was being 
exposed and, for my troubles, ended up during my senior year 
receiving a "greeting" and calling from my "friends and neigh¬ 
bors" on the local draft board to undergo a different type of edu¬ 


cational experience with a large 
nonprofit organization known 
as the United States Army. 

After I'd been commissioned 
and had served the first of what 
would be three duty tours in 
Asia, Uncle Sam allowed me to 
return to Columbia (at my own 
expense, of course) to complete 
the final semester I needed to 
qualify for my B.A. 

As I returned to Hamilton Hall after a four-year absence, I 
was convinced the statue out front looked down at me — still 
holding, apparently, the same sheaf of papers in his left hand 
and striking his chest with his right — as if to say, "See, smarty 
pants, if you hadn't been so lazy and unappreciative of what was 
being offered, you might by now have risen to become an English 
instructor in this very building, instead of needing eight whole 
years to earn your B.A." 

As you can see, my relationship with Hamilton is a close, 
personal one that goes back many years, and I'm one of those 
who's aghast at the recent and misguided initiative by the 
Treasury Department (which Hamilton founded in 1789, for 
heaven's sake) to more or less bump him off our $10 bill. 

The statue celebrates one of Columbia's earliest students, 
who became one of our nation's Founding Fathers. Hamilton, 
in fact, might very well have been one of our early Presidents 
except for accidents of birth and death. 

He was bom in 1755 (maybe 1757) in the British West Indies, 
the illegitimate progeny of a married woman and her wealthy par¬ 
amour, but despite his many qualifications was rendered ineligible 
at birth for the U.S. presidency because he wasn't a natural-bom 
citizen. This was stipulated by Article II, Section 1 of the very Con¬ 
stitution he was instrumental in getting adopted. And when he 

(Continued on page 87) 


woman on our 
paper money 
needs to be done. 
But at Hamilton's 
expense? 

For shame! 


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1. Who was Columbia's first head football coach? 

2 . What coach holds the records for most games coached 
and most wins in Columbia history? 

3 . Who coached the Lions from 1974 to 1979 and later 
served as chair of Columbia's Board of Trustees? 

4 . Aside from Lou Little, who coached the Lions from 1930 
to 1956, two other men coached Columbia for more than 
10 seasons. Name them. 

5 . After leaving Columbia in 1973, he later coached at 
Princeton for seven seasons. Name him. 

6. What former Columbia head coach is now the assistant 
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two winning campaigns (1994 and 1996). Name him. 

8. Who coached at Columbia in 1985 and is the father of the 
current head coach of the Dallas Cowboys? 

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of the Ivy League in 1956? 

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C olumbia College Today is changing. The CCT staff has 
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be a clear descendant of its line.” We are proud of what CCThas done 
so well through the years in connecting our readers to one another 
and to the College, and we wanted to retain the best of the past, 
supplement it with the product of new thinking and new ideas, and 
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To lay the groundwork for this redesign, we conducted readership 
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alumni magazines, not only from Ivy League schools but also from 
colleges and universities throughout the country. We looked beyond 
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and foundations, and to commercial magazines that have survived, 
and in many cases, have thrived in recent years. All of this was done to 
help inform rather than dictate our thinking about what we wanted 
CCT to be, not just in print but also online (an updated CCT website 
will be coming in 2016). And of course we also took a critical look at 
our own magazine, its strengths and weaknesses, what areas we felt 
were working well and where improvement was needed. 

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only how best we could present something but also whether it was 
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Simply put, are we giving you what you want to read? Publishing a 
first-class magazine is an expensive and time-consuming effort, but 
it is worth it when we connect with you, our readers, and when we 
connect you with fellow alumni and with the College. 


And survey results confirm that CCT is connecting with the vast 
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the majority of respondents indicated CCT was their primary source 
for news and information about Columbia College. Nearly all said 
they read all four issues each year, and 60 percent said they spent 30 
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lum also getting high marks. When asked about print versus online 
distribution, 90 percent of respondents in our most recent survey said 
they wanted to receive a print edition of CCT— a number made all 
the more remarkable by its coming in response to an electronic survey. 

With that mandate, we set about the work of renewing and rein¬ 
vigorating CCT In recent issues, you may have noticed increased cover¬ 
age of students, faculty and academics (especially the Core), and more 
graphic, eye-catching story treatments.That was dipping our toes in the 
water; with this issue we dive all the way in, with significant changes 
throughout the magazine in the design, organization and presentation 
of features, news items, columns and departments. We’ve also added 
new elements, such as “Heard on Campus,” which chronicles just a few 
of the amazing speakers who come to campus each quarter, and “Did 
You Know?,” which highlights a fun and interesting Columbia fact. 

Recently, we made the difficult decision to change designers, 
believing that fresh eyes and a new perspective were needed to help 
us achieve what we seek. All of us on the CCT team thank and 
acknowledge the hard work and creative efforts of our previous art 
director, Linda Gates, of Gates Sisters Studio, who has been a part 
of the CCT family for more than two decades and done yeoman 
work throughout that time. Linda and her sisters Kathleen Gates 
and Susan Gates became more than trusted colleagues through the 
years; they were valued friends. 

Joining the CCT family as art director is Eson Chan. Eson is an 
award-winning designer who worked for 10 years with Columbia 
magazine; his other credits include the alumni magazines of Brandeis 
and Northeastern as well as Columbia Medicine and Columbia Nurs¬ 
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of our team, participating in our weekly planning meetings, offer¬ 
ing suggestions and bringing a different perspective to what we do. 
Eson’s ideas can be seen throughout this issue, with more to come. 

We hope you are as excited as we are with the launch of this new 
chapter in CCT s life. Let us know what you think: cct@columbia.edu. 

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Contents 



14 

The Joy of Looking 


Professor Robert E. Harrist Jr. GSAS’81 
delights in the study of art in all its forms. 

By Shira Boss ’93, JRN’97, SIPA'98 


20 

Making Her Mark 


NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito ’91 
advocates for the underserved. 

By Jonathan Lemire ’01 


24 

Dual Identity 

Michael Oren ’77, SIPA’78 bridges 
the American-Israeli divide. 

By Eugene L. Meyer 


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3 Letters to the Editor 

5 Message from Dean James J. Valentini 
Drawing up a blueprint for Columbia 
College’s future. 

6 Around the Quads 

The College launches Core to Commencement, 
the first campaign dedicated exclusively to 
Columbia College students and faculty. 

12 Roar, Lion, Roar 

Fencing defends its national crown and men’s 
basketball seeks to climb the Ivy ladder as the 
winter sports season begins. 

30 Forum: The Year of Lear: 

Shakespeare in 1606 
Shakespeare, literary architect, performs 
a gut renovation and creates a classic. 

By James Shapiro ’77 


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34 Message from CCAA President 
Douglas R. Wolf ’88 

CC Pride was on full display at Homecoming. 

35 Alumni in the News 

36 Lions 

Lea Goldman ’98, Dick Wagner ’54, 

Judah Cohen ’85 

40 Bookshelf 

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for 
Broadway by Michael Riedel ’89 

42 Class Notes 

77 Obituaries 


80 Core Quiz 

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Core and its history? 


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FRANCIS CATANIA 


President Hamilton? 


Being both a College grad and a resident of Hamilton County, Ohio, I am 
interested in Alexander Hamilton (Class of 1778). I found an error in the 
Fall 2015 “Alumni Corner” by Bob Orkand ’58. He states that, due to his 
birth in the West Indies, Hamilton was ineligible to be President. That is not 
really true. Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution states: “No 
Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at 
the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office 
of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall 
not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a 
Resident within the United States.” 

Hamilton truly was a citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitu¬ 
tion, so he would have been eligible (even had he not supplied his long-form 
State of Hawaii birth certificate). 

As an aside, several, including this article’s author, think that instead of 
replacing Hamilton on the $10 bill we should replace Andrew Jackson on 
the $20 bill. As a College grad I have an affection for Hamilton but I am also 
a graduate of Andrew Jackson H.S., so I shall remain neutral. 

Barry Austern \63 
Cincinnati 


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In his brief essay on Alexander Ham¬ 
ilton (Class of 1778) and the $10 bill 
(“Alumni Corner,” Fall 2015), Bob Ork¬ 
and ’58 repeats a common error regard¬ 
ing Hamilton and his eligibility to run for 
President. Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 
of the U.S. Constitution clearly says: “No 
Person except a natural born Citizen, or a 
Citizen of the United States, at the time 
of the Adoption of this Constitution” is 
eligible for the presidency. Or is he claim¬ 
ing Hamilton served in the Revolution as 
Washington’s chief aide, and as secretary of 
the Treasury, while being a foreigner? 

I find it suspicious that the current secre¬ 
tary of the Treasury wants to remove a firm 
opponent of slavery, who founded New 
York’s first anti-slavery society, while leav¬ 
ing intact three slaveholders (Washington, 
$1 bill; Jefferson, $2 bill; Jackson, $20 bill). 
Jackson in particular should be removed as 
a probable bigamist, scorner of Supreme 
Court rulings and initiator of genocide. 

Thomas Wm. Hamilton ’60 
Staten Island, N.Y. 

Editors note: CCT reached out to Columbia fac¬ 
ulty for clarification and received the following 


from Herb Sloan, professor emeritus at Barnard, 
whose teaching interests are history of the Colo¬ 
nial and Revolutionary periods, and the history 
of American law, including the Constitution: 

‘Hamilton was definitely eligible to serve as 
President under the ‘citizen at the time of the 
adoption of the Constitution rule. (You might 
note that all of the presidents before Van Buren 
were bom British subjects and were not natu- 
ral-bom citizens.) I cannot tell you precisely how 
he became a citizen of New York, but I assume it 
was by virtue of being there at the time—which 
is how he and everyone else became U.S. citizens 
under the Constitution ... there was no formal 
process, no paperwork, etc. ” 

Don’t Stop the Music 


Great to read about the wonderful piano 
stylist Dick Hyman ’48 [CC’48 Class 
Notes, Fall 2015], who continues to pack 
them in at concerts in the United States, 
Canada and everywhere. I knew Dick as the 
composer for the Varsity Show, April 1946. 
I was part of the all-male chorus line — 
after daily rowing practice on the Harlem 
River (I was coxswain at 115 lbs.).Tell Dick 


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Letters to the Editor 


to keep it up, make more fingers snap and 
make more records! 

Dr. Joseph P. Rumage '■47 
Kenner, La. 


Putting Names to Faces 


The Fall 2015 issue, page 49, features a 
photo with the caption “New students min¬ 
gle on Low Steps in 1957.” Fourteen fresh¬ 
men (wearing freshman beanies) are shown 
with an older gentleman in a dark suit. 

Who are these anonymous students? All 
freshmen in the Class of 1961, presumably. 
Of the five students sitting in the first row, I 
can identify three for certain. Second from 
the right is Alvin Schifrin ’61, in the middle 
next to him is David Blicker ’61 and next 
to Dave and second from left is Matthew 
Chamlin ’61, BUS’64 — that’s me! Some of 
the other faces look vaguely familiar but I 
haven’t a clue as to who they are. 

Alvin was a roommate of mine and I 
believe still practices law in California. Dave 
passed away in 2012 and his life and untimely 
death were noted in CCT (coUege.columbia. 
edu/cct/falll3/obituaries). After graduat¬ 
ing from the Business School, I was presi¬ 
dent of nine consumer product companies 
and am now retired. My only connection 
with Columbia these days is occasionally 
auditing courses at the Business School 
and attending lectures and other events at 
the Harriman Institute. 

I don’t recall ever seeing this picture 
before and dating from what was probably 
our first week of our freshman year in 1957, 
it is a bit of an historical relic. Nice to see it! 

I wonder what other treasures from 
Columbia’s past are stored in the Univer¬ 
sity Archives? 

Matt Chamlin '61, BUS'64 

New York City 


Teddy Roosevelt’s View 


Loved the Fall 2015 issue, especially the 
“Columbia Forum” on TR’s house. But 
please tell me how it is possible to see 
the Hudson from the back porch in Oys¬ 
ter Bay, N.Y., as stated on page 29? Long 
Island Sound, yes; Hudson, no. 

Allen Breslow '61, LAW'64 
OldBethpage, N.Y. 

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VOLUME 43 NUMBER 2 
WINTER 2015-16 


EDITOR IN CHIEF 

Alex Sachare ’71 

EXECUTIVE EDITOR 

Lisa Palladino 

MANAGING EDITOR 

Alexis Tonti SOA’11 

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT 

Anne-Ryan Heatwole JRN’09 

FORUM EDITOR 

Rose Kernochan BC’82 

CONTRIBUTING WRITER 

Shira Boss ’93, JRN’97, SIPA’98 

EDITORIAL INTERN 

Aiyana K. White ’18 

ART DIRECTOR 

Eson Chan 


I was enjoying Adam Van Doren ’84, 
GSAPP’89’s “The House Tells the Story” 
(“Columbia Forum,” Fall 2015) until the 
fatal moment the author stepped onto the 
back porch and experienced its sweeping 
view of the Hudson River. Had he been 
describing FDR’s home at Hyde Park, all 
would have been well. Alas, he was writing 
about TR’s beloved Sagamore Hill, firmly 
anchored above Oyster Bay, Long Island 
Sound. This geographical absurdity had 
passed neutrino-like through the scrutiny of 
historian David McCullough, the editors of 
David B. Godine, Publishers, and ultimately 
the editors of CCT. I conjure the ghosts of 
Van Doren’s distinguished ancestors, Carl 
(Class of 1911 GSAS) and Mark GSAS’21, 
who would caution the House of Intellect is 
vulnerable as was the fabled kingdom of olde 
to perishing for want of a horseshoe nail. 

Tony O'Keefe 59 

Port Chester, N.Y. 

Editors note: Van Doren reports that the error 
has been corrected in the book's second edition, 
which recently went to press. 


Correction 



A photo of students in the Spectator office 
(Summer 2015, page 57) was incorrectly 
captioned. The students are, left to right: 
Dr. Larry Gartner ’54; Lawrence Kobrin 
’54, LAW’57; Dr. Larry Scharer ’54, PS’58; 
Judah Berger ’54; and Michael R. Naver 
’54. All were members of the 1953-54 
Spectator managing board. Board members 
not pictured included Charles Selinske ’54; 
Bernd Brecher ’54, JRN’55; and Richard 
Werksman ’54, LAW’58. CCT apologizes 
for the error, and thanks Kobrin and Naver 
for bringing it to our attention. 


CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS 

Eileen Barroso 
Jorg Meyer 


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Message from the Dean 

Expanding Opportunities 
for Our Students 


T his past summer, my son Colin GS’17 took 
Art Humanities and Music Humanities 
at Reid Hall in Paris. Colin and his class¬ 
mates, 18 Columbia College and fellow GS 
students, spent six weeks studying the great composers 
and artists — as they are studied by every Columbia 
College student — but with the special addition of vis¬ 
iting important monuments and museums, and seeing 
performances, in Paris and the surrounding region. 

This was the first summer that the College offered 
Art Hum and Music Hum together in Paris, and the 
first year we offered any part of the Core Curriculum 
abroad (beginning with individual Art Hum and Music 
Hum classes during the Spring 2015 semester). Colin 
and his classmates were lucky to have the opportunity 
to study with two of our most renowned faculty: Robert 
E. Harrist Jr. GSAS’81, one of the leading scholars on 
Chinese painting and calligraphy, who is profiled in this 
issue, and Susan Boynton, an expert on both liturgy and 
music in medieval Western monasticism, and music and 
childhood. And the students were able to extend their 
coursework beyond the classroom, from the collections 
at the Louvre to Monet’s home in Giverny. 

Expanding opportunities within the Core and beyond 
Morningside Heights, as we have with our new Reid 
Hall program, are two goals of Core to Commence¬ 
ment, the campaign we launched on November 20. 
Core to Commencement aims to strengthen what 
I think can justifiably be called the worlds greatest 
undergraduate experience by bringing the students 
who can best contribute to and profit from the unique 
College experience to campus; by supporting the great 
scholars who teach, advise and mentor our students; by 
increasing opportunities beyond the classroom through 
internships, research projects, fellowships and global 
experiences; by sustaining our unique Core; and by 
maintaining the financial aid that makes a Columbia 
College education accessible to so many. 

Our goal as an institution is to prepare students for a 
future world that they do not know and cannot conceive. 
We need to teach students to communicate and work 
with people who hold opinions different from their own, 
to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances, to navigate complex 
situations. We need to offer guidance for how to build 
what Plato called “the Good Life.” These are skills that 
students gain through the Core, as they delve into great 
works of literature, philosophy, music and art, and con¬ 


tend with their own beliefs and those of their 
classmates. These are skills that they gain when 
faced with new challenges beyond the class¬ 
room, while conducting research, working on 
internships or studying abroad. 

This campaign will ensure the vitality of the 
Core Curriculum, the one formative experi¬ 
ence that has been shared by all students and 
alumni of the College for nearly a century. It 
will expand that experience and replenish the 
academic departments that make it all pos¬ 
sible, and it will provide opportunities for our 
students, alumni and faculty to connect and learn in new 
and imaginative ways. It will allow us to keep the Core 
true to what it always has been, while allowing the College 
to continue to adapt to a changing world and prepare our 
students for the unknown and the unanticipated. 

To do all of this, we are depending on you, our 
committed alumni, parents and friends. This year, you 
relaunched Columbia College Women, you provided 
internships and mentoring through the Columbia Col¬ 
lege Alumni-Sponsored Student Internship Program 
and you gave nearly S3.8 million on Columbia Giving 
Day, topping the leaderboard for the fourth consecu¬ 
tive year. Columbia College continues to attract out¬ 
standing students and faculty and to rank with the best 
institutions in the world. The College is part of a great 
university, renewed by the Columbia Campaign, the 
network of Global Centers and the new Manhattanville 
campus. Our global profile is rising, with faculty and 
students winning international awards and propelling 
scholarship around the world. And our alumni engage¬ 
ment and support is accelerating, with the Columbia 
College Alumni Association’s strategic plan to drive it. 

This is the College’s moment, and we are relying on 
you to support our future. I hope you will visit college. 
columbia.edu/campaign to learn more about our cam¬ 
paign, about our values and about our commitment to 
our students, our faculty and our education. And I hope 
you will continue to help us build the best undergradu¬ 
ate experience for our students. 




Dean 


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Around 

Quads 

College Launches Core to 
Commencement Campaign 


C olumbia College has launched 
Core to Commencement, the first- 
ever fundraising and engagement 
campaign dedicated exclusively 
to Columbia College. With a goal of raising 
$400 million, the campaign is defined by five 
central aims that together will enhance the 
College experience: 

• endowing the Core Curriculum; 

'• supporting students; 

• supporting faculty; 

• growing the Columbia College Fund; and 
• strengthening community. 

Core to Commencement was publicly 
launched with a special event in Low Rotunda 
on November 20; the campaign is scheduled 
to run through the Core’s centennial, in 2019. 

The campaign expresses a comprehensive 
vision for the College’s future. It seeks to cap¬ 
italize on the opportunities that are inherent 
in the College’s unique educational experi¬ 
ence, especially the Core, and also created by 
its position within the University and in New 
York City. It includes priorities as varied as 
evolving the Core through the use of inno¬ 
vative technologies; offering all students at 
least one funded summer internship, research 
fellowship or global experience; and increas¬ 
ing support for faculty and their scholar¬ 


ship, including endowed professorships that 
attract and honor the best faculty. The Col¬ 
lege Fund will be reinforced as the College’s 
essential ongoing source of the funds needed 
to assure its continuing excellence. And con¬ 
nections among students, parents, faculty 
and alumni will be strengthened through 
increased mentorships, internships, intellec¬ 
tual programming and volunteer opportuni¬ 
ties, among other things. 

“I often say that Columbia College is 
the greatest college in the greatest uni¬ 
versity in the greatest city in the world,” 
says Dean James J. Valentini. “The Core to 


while also expanding our students’ expe- 1 

rience and strengthening the academic 
departments that make it all possible.” 

The launch event featured Tony Kushner 
’78, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright i 

of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on 
National Themes , in conversation with Lisa 
L. Carnoy’89, University trustee and cam¬ 
paign co-chair. Also speaking were Presi¬ 
dent Lee C. Bollinger; University Trustee 
Jonathan S. Lavine ’88; Meredith Kirk’12; 

Julie Crawford, the Mark Van Doren Pro¬ 
fessor of Humanities and chair of Litera¬ 
ture Humanities; and Valentini. 


“This endeavor will ensure the vitality of the Core Curriculum while i 

expanding students’experience and strengthening the academic 
departments that make it all possible.” — Dean James J. Valentini 

i 


Commencement campaign is a commit¬ 
ment to sustaining this greatness for our 
students and the faculty who teach them. I 
am excited about this endeavor, which will 
ensure the future vitality of the Core Cur¬ 
riculum, the formative experience shared 
by all students and alumni of the College, 


The campaign’s details and progress can 
be found at college.columbia.edu/campaign. 
Among other things, the website will fea¬ 
ture articles about Columbians of all kinds 
— students, professors, alumni and more — 
speaking to the impact the College has had 
on their personal and professional lives. 


Columbia Honors 
Alumni Leaders 

The 11th annual Columbia 
Alumni Leaders Weekend took 
place October 9-10 on campus. 
Sponsored by the Columbia 
Alumni Association and featuring 
interactive sessions, an Alumni 
Leaders Luncheon and the annual 
Alumni Medalists Gala, the event 
brought together volunteers from 
all Columbia schools. 



Two College alumni were honored during the weekend: Left, at Saturday’s luncheon, University Trustee 
Kyriakos Tsakopoulos ’93 presented Carlos A. Cuevas ’05, SIPA’12, PH’12 with The Richard E. Witten ’75CC 
Award for Volunteer Leadership, and right, later that day at the College session, Dean James J. Valentini 
presented Michael Cook ’65 the 2015 President’s Cup, for leadership during his 50th reunion. 


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Giving Day by 
The Numbers 


The fourth annual Columbia Giving 
Day was held on October 21 and, 
for the fourth consecutive year, the 
College topped the charts with the 
most funds raised — more than 
$3.76 million from the grand total of 
more than $12.78 million. Alumni, 
students, parents, friends, faculty 
and staff participated in the 24-hour 
donation marathon, with University 
trustees generously funding matching 
bonuses for various challenges. Some 
facts and figures from the results: 

$12,788,367 

Total raised University-wide 


$3,760,834 

Total raised by the College 


13,090 

Total gifts to the University 


1,666 

Total gifts to the College 


$671,936 

Increase in funds given to the College, 
as compared to 2014 


$5,000 

Bonus earned by the College for winning 
a parent gift challenge 


32.6 

Percent of total University-wide funds 
given by College-affiliated donors; for 
having the highest percentage, the Col¬ 
lege received a $65,181 bonus (double 
the percentage of money raised) 


OCT. 8 I LOW 


Climate change is a reality and not 
to address it is gross negligence 
by government and irresponsible 
as citizens. 

— Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), in signing 
the “Under 2 MOU” agreement, which joined 
New York State in a global effort to reduce 
greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 


~ Heard on 

Campus 



r 

There is no easily discernable 
structure to olfaction ... 
Considering that, I ask you to 
describe to someone the smell 


I hope we all leave here with 
the notion that we are right 
to be outraged about the 
conditions that real people live 
in in this country, and we will be 
wrong if we drop out. There’s 
so much we can do ... it’s a 


Developing an experimental 
practice can be a lonely 
business — they don’t 
understand you, or they 
think you’re crazy. 


Sculpture exists to be 
in your way, to force 
you — as the viewer, 
as the participant — to 
interact with it. 


— Wolfram Knauer, director of 
Germany’s internationally renowned 
jazz research center Jazzlnstitut 
Darmstadt, on saxophonist Charlie 
Parker’s innovations in bebop 


— Roberto Ferrari, Columbia’s 
curator of art properties, 
leading a walking tour about 
sculpture on campus 


of an orange without ever 
mentioning an orange. Odor, 

I argue, can be recreated 
and communicated only by 
association to past experience. 


— Dr. Richard Axel ’67 at the lecture 
“Scents and Sensibility: Representations 
of the Olfactory World in the Brain” 


marathon, not a sprint. 

- Maya Wiley LAW’89, counsel to NYC 
mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at the panel 
discussion “Awakening Our Democracy: 
Ferguson, Charleston & Beyond” 


NOV. 5 I PULITZER 


NOV. 4 I MILLER THEATRE 


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the Essentials 

Chris Washburne 

Associate Professor of Music Chris Washburne GSAS’99 is an acclaimed trom¬ 
bonist whose interests and versatility extend to jazz, classical, rock and Latin 
music. His seven-member band SYOTOS is hailed for its innovations in Latin 
jazz, and Washburne has played with musicians as diverse as Tito Puente, Arturo 
Sandoval, David Byrne, Bjork and Justin Timberlake. On the faculty at Colum¬ 
bia since 2001, he performs up to five nights a week during the school year in 
addition to teaching, his directorship of the University’s Louis Armstrong Jazz 
Performance Program and other activities. But he took time out one afternoon 
in September — on the eve of a performance at no lesser a venue than Carnegie 
Hall — to talk about the varied beats of his life and career. 



JORG MEYER 


HE GREW UP on a farm in Bath, Ohio, a 
small town south of Cleveland. 

HIS FIRST GIG was in high school, as the 
trombonist in a Led Zeppelin cover band. 

HE BECAME INTERESTED in music as a 
career through his stepfather, an amateur jazz 
drummer. “He always had jazz playing in his 
car and took our family to local clubs. We 
saw the Count Basie Band, Lionel Hamp¬ 
ton’s band, some really famous musicians.” 

HE EARNED a bachelor’s of music in classi¬ 
cal trombone performance from University 
of Wisconsin - Madison and a master’s in 
third stream studies from the New England 
Conservatory of Music. His Ph.D. is in 
ethnomusicology: “using music as a lens into 
the study of culture — combining the fields 
of anthropology and musicology.” 

HE LED the charge to add jazz to the 
Core in Music Humanities classes, which 
happened in 2003. “I always thought it was 
strange that we would study Gershwin and 
Stravinsky, two musicians who were much 
influenced by jazz and who influenced jazz 
greatly — but we weren’t talking about 
Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong. Hav¬ 
ing even a small unit of jazz in the Core 
enables students to connect the music that 
they listen to much more easily to classical 
music traditions and to a variety of differ¬ 
ent societal forces.” 

HIS CLASS “Salsa, Soca and Reggae: 
Popular Musics of the Caribbean,” part 


of the Global Core, draws upward of 
400 students. “What I really want is for 
students to discover themselves in the 
sounds that we’re studying, even if those 
sounds are coming from places that are far 
from where they are from. I push students 
to go beyond the classroom walls, to really 
come up close to, and have interpersonal 
relationships with, the music or the com¬ 
munities that we’re studying.” 

HE FOUNDED the Louis Armstrong 
Jazz Performance Program, which 
offers jazz instruction and performance 
opportunities through the Music Depart¬ 
ment, because he thought that “having 
a university that abuts one of the most 
important neighborhoods in jazz history 
— Harlem — and not having an official 
jazz program was ridiculous.” From eight 
students the first year, in 2002, the pro¬ 
gram has grown to roughly 130 students 
across 17 ensembles. 

HE RECENTLY SPENT a year making 
music with inmates at Sing-Sing — part 
of a new project of his that looks at how 
jazz and the principles and processes 
behind the music can be applied to dif¬ 
ferent fields. “I was teaching the inmates 
how to write music, how to improvise 
within a musical setting, and then trying 
to connect those musical experiences to 
their own life experiences — to processes 
of transcendence, of catharsis, of redemp¬ 
tion, of healing and reform — and seeing 
where that goes. It was one of the most 
amazing musical experiences of my life.” 


SYOTOS released its sixth record, 

Low Ridin, in April. “I decided to do 
Afro-Latin versions of songs that were 
important to me in my youth,” he says. 
Among the artists covered are Lou 
Reed, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and, 
yes, Led Zeppelin. 

SYOTOS STANDS for See You on the 
Other Side, a phrase that came to him while 
performing what he thought might be his 
last concert, in 1992. Days before, Wash¬ 
burne had been “out of the blue” diagnosed 
with a virulent skin cancer and given low 
chances of survival. But after surgery that 
removed the nerve and muscles from half 
his face, he recovered and has been cancer- 
free since. It took him two years to fully 
regain his musical chops. 

HE STILL HAS his first trombone. A neigh¬ 
bor gave it to him when he started learning 
because his family couldn’t afford one. “It 
had been in the attic, this tarnished thing, 
covered in dirt and dust — horrible looking. 
I came home and cried. But my mother said 
I didn’t have a choice, if I wanted to play, 

I had to play this.” Though he bought a 
new trombone for college, there came a day 
when he had to use the old one for practice. 
His band conductor, who was an antique 
instrument collector, “took one look and 
offered me thousands of dollars for it. I said, 
‘Uhh, why?’ and he explained what a rare 
and great instrument it was. Suddenly my 
attitude changed drastically. It’s from 1938.1 
still play it sometimes.” 

—Alexis Tonti SOA’ll 


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Mini-Mini-Core: 

The Biodiversity Crisis 

There have been five mass extinctions in Earths history, including the end- 
Cretaceous event that felled the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, and many 
believe we are in the midst of a sixth, with species disappearing at a rate 
thats 100 to 1,000 times faster than normal. Don Melnick, the Thomas 
Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology, in the Department of 
Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, tackled this topic, includ¬ 
ing its causes and consequences, this fall in his three-part Mini-Core Course 
“The Biodiversity Crisis.” Herewith, the takeaways from his classes. 

WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? 

GLOBAL TRENDS: Humanity, through our many activities, has drastically altered the envi¬ 
ronment. This has led to mass-scale degradation of land ecosystems; destruction of aquatic 
ecosystems; accumulation of greenhouse gases; decline of populations and species; and 
increases in emerging infectious diseases. 

LOCAL EFFECTS: Plant and animal populations are declining in size and becoming more 
isolated as environments are degraded and fragmented, and therefore are losing genetic diver¬ 
sity more quickly, which means they run a much higher risk of disappearing altogether. 


MINI-CORE COURSES are 
class series that offer 
College alumni the opportu¬ 
nity to revisit the Core in a 
lecture/seminar-like setting 
with a distinguished faculty 
member and other alumni. 
Topics relate to the Core 
Curriculum but explore new 
texts or ideas. For offerings 
and other information, go 
to college.columbia.edu/ 
alumni/career/minicore. 


WHY DOES IT MATTER? 

GLOBAL TRENDS: The negative effects of environmental degradation abound: climate 
change; decline of fresh water; collapse of fisheries; loss of pollination, pest control and 
disease-buffering services; mortality, morbidity and declining economic security; and 
social displacement, civil disorder and eroding national security. 

LOCAL EFFECTS: The decline of fragmented populations and species disrupts or dimin¬ 
ishes ecological processes and the invaluable services these processes — pollination, insect 
control, water purification and so on — provide the human population. 


HOW DO WE FIX IT? 

GLOBAL TRENDS: Develop policies that incorporate the undeniable reality that nature 
is the infrastructure upon which our security in water, food, health, weather, money and 
personal safety depends and degrading that infrastructure makes us not only less secure, 
but takes tens of thousands of lives every day in places all over the world. 

LOCAL EFFECTS: Stem rate of transformation of habitats, reclaim hundreds of millions of 
acres that have been transformed and reconnect the now-isolated habitat patches and popu¬ 
lations of species they host — all to restore gene flow and slow erosion of genetic diversity 


EXTRA CREDIT: Read The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, 
the Father of Genetics, by Robin Marantz Henig. Says Melnick: “His experiments were 
elegant in their simplicity, ahead of their time in their mathematical sophistication and led 
to discoveries that have stood the test of time. He laid the groundwork for everything we 
know about genetics today.” 



Did you know that the architect of 
St. Patrick’s Cathedral was James 
Renwickjr. (Class of 1836)? 

Renwick (1818-95), whose father 
was an engineer, architect and 
professor of natural philosophy at 
Columbia, entered the College at 12 
and studied engineering. He earned a 
master’s in 1839. His first major com¬ 
mission, at 25, was to design Grace 
Church in New York City, and three 
years later, he won a competition to 
design the Smithsonian Institution 
Building in Washington, D.C. 

His best-known work, however, is 
St. Patrick’s, built in a Gothic revival 
style with German and French influ¬ 
ences. Renwick was commissioned 
by Archbishop John Hughes in 
1853 as the cathedral’s architect and 
construction began in 1858. Progress 
halted during the Civil War but the 
cathedral opened in May 1879 and 
was formally consecrated in 1910. 

On September 14,2015, during 
his visit to New York City, Pope 
Francis delivered the homily during 
a vespers service in St. Patrick’s. He 
was the fourth pontiff to visit the 
cathedral, following in the footsteps 
of Pope Paul VI (1965), Pope John 
Paul II (1979 and 1995) and Pope 
Benedict XVI (2008). Prior to Pope 
Francis’visit, St. Patrick’s underwent 
a three-year, $177 million renovation 
that included conserving and replac¬ 
ing exterior marble and cleaning, 
stabilizing and conserving 3,700 
stained-glass panels and the plaster, 
wood and masonry interior. 


CCT Web Extras 

To read more about and to 
see photos and illustrations of 
St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s restoration, 

go to college.columbia.edu/cct. 










StudentSpotlight 




Building a Better Bleach To Fight Ebola 


By Nathalie Alonso ’08 


Left to right: Kevin Tyan ’16, Jason Kang SEAS’16 and Katherine Jin ’16 hope their invention, Highlight, will 
help save lives during infectious disease epidemics. 


Highlight, working on a hazmat suit. 

having a disinfectant and using it effec¬ 
tively,” says Tyan, a biology major. 

As a winner of the challenge, which was 
sponsored by Engineering and the Mail¬ 
man School of Public Health, the three 
received support from the University to 
develop Highlight, which is patent pending. 
They scored a major victory last February, 
when Highlight was awarded a substantial 
federal grant as one of 12 winning entries in 
USAID’s Fighting Ebola: A Grand Chal¬ 
lenge for Development, which received 
more than 1,500 submissions. 

Though developed with Ebola in mind, 
Highlight can also be used to combat other 
infectious diseases. To ensure that it does 
not compromise the antiviral potency of 
bleach, the product has been subjected to 
vigorous viral testing. Having shown to 
be effective on the West Nile virus in tests 
conducted at the Center for Infection and 
Immunity at Mailman, at press time it was 
undergoing testing on influenza at CII 
and was slated to be tested on Ebola at the 
National Institutes of Health 

For Jin, Kang and Tyan, who met as 
first-years and were already good friends 
when they began developing Highlight, 
what started out as a purely humanitarian 


T hanks to a trio of Columbia 
students, healthcare workers 
treating Ebola may be better 
protected against the deadly 
virus by next summer. 

The innovation is a powder designed by 
budding scientists Katherine Jin T6, Jason 
KangSEAS’16 and Kevin Tyan T6. Called 
Highlight, it alters the properties of bleach 
— the decontamination agent most com¬ 
monly used in West Africa against Ebola 
— to make it more effective. Adding High¬ 
light to bleach turns the otherwise colorless 
disinfectant bright blue, which allows doc¬ 
tors and nurses to see what parts of their 
protective gear have been sprayed. The visu¬ 
alization helps eliminate gaps in coverage, a 
potentially lethal pitfall in the case of Ebola. 
The stain fades after 10 minutes, the contact 
time required for bleach to kill the virus, to 
indicate that the process is complete. 

The students were spurred to develop 
Highlight by the Columbia Design Chal¬ 


lenge: Confronting the Ebola Crisis, which 
launched in October 2014. Alarmed by 
the number of healthcare workers who 
contracted Ebola during the crisis in West 
Africa, and aware that doctors and nurses in 
underdeveloped nations are overtaxed, Jin, 
Kang and Tyan sought to improve existing 
decontamination protocols without over¬ 
complicating them. “Our goal was to come 
up with something that was easy to use with 
minimal training,” says Jin, who is studying 
biology and computer science. 

At first the students conceived of their 
product solely as a colorizer. But as they 
pinpointed bleach’s other shortcomings as 
a disinfectant, they adjusted the form ula . 
In its current form, Highlight also slows 
the evaporation rate of bleach to ensure 
enough contact time to neutralize viruses 
and prevents droplet formation, which 
essentially allows the liquid to stick bet¬ 
ter to waterproof surfaces (such as hazmat 
suits). “Highlight bridges the gap between 


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endeavor quickly became a path to entre¬ 
preneurship. They realized they would 
have to start a business in late 2014, 
when, in what they consider one of the 
most exciting developments of their jour¬ 
ney, the New York City Fire Department 
requested a demonstration of Highlight 
and subsequently purchased and incorpo¬ 
rated the product into its hazmat decon¬ 
tamination protocols. 

Soon after, the students formed a com¬ 
pany, Kinnos, which received $10,000 for 
placing third in the “Undergraduate Chal¬ 
lenge” of the 2015 Columbia Venture Com¬ 
petition. The company’s board of advisers 
comprises Mary C. Boyce, dean of Engi¬ 
neering; Aaron Kyle, lecturer in biomedical 
engineering; W. Ian Lipkin, the John Snow 
Professor of Epidemiology and CII direc¬ 
tor at Mailman; and Samuel Sia, associate 
professor in biomedical engineering. 

“[Healthcare workers treating Ebola 
patients] are risking their lives every day, 
so we want to do our part to help them,” 
says Kang, who is majoring in biomedical 
engineering. “At the same time, in order to 
keep providing this protection, we need to 
have a viable business.” 


CCT Web Extras 

To see a video of Highlight in action, 

go to college.columbia.edu/cct. 


After graduation, Jin, Kang and Tyan 
plan to devote themselves to Kinnos. They 
hope to be ready to deploy Highlight to 
areas affected by Ebola by next June. “Our 
dream is to make a tangible impact on the 
world,” says Jin. “We’re so lucky to have 
this amazing opportunity and a series of 
events that have blessed our hard work.” 


Nathalie Alonso '08, from Queens, is a free¬ 
lance journalist and an editorial producer for 
LasMayores.com, Major League Baseball’s offi¬ 
cial Spanish language website. 



Welcome Center Dedicated 

President Lee C. Bollinger formally dedicated the Susan K. Feagin 
Welcome Center at the Columbia Alumni Center (CAC) on Novem¬ 
ber 19. Feagin, a 1974 GS alumna who is special advisor to Bollinger, 
was EVP for University development and alumni relations 2003-10, 
during which time the University completed the largest fundraising 
effort in Ivy League history, the $6.1 billion Columbia Campaign. She 
also was instrumental in the creation of the CAC, which since 2009 
has provided a place for gatherings and meetings of Columbia alumni 
and is the administrative hub of University and College alumni affairs, 
development and communications personnel. 


Postcrypt: 50-Plus and Going Strong 


One of Columbia’s iconic spaces lies 
deep beneath the stately stained glass win¬ 
dows of St. Paul’s Chapel. For more than 
a half-century, Postcrypt Coffeehouse has 
been bringing musical performers from 
Columbia, New York City and beyond to 
its basement performance space — and it’s 
still going strong. 

“Postcrypt Coffeehouse brings together 
the Columbia community and city resi¬ 
dents, as well as [unites] current students 
with previous generations,” says head man¬ 
ager Spenser Krut T6. “Many of our regu¬ 
lar audience members attended Columbia 
and enjoy coming back again and again 
because Postcrypt’s doors are still open.” 

Founded in 1964, the student-run 
acoustic performance space hosts two 
shows weekly during the school year and 
ranks as one of the oldest surviving coffee¬ 
houses in New York City. Shows are free 
and open to the public. Past performers 
have included Suzanne Vega BC’81, Jeff 
Buckley, Dar Williams and Ani DiFranco. 



Much of the appeal of the ’Crypt, as it is 
widely known, is its intimacy — a capacity 
of just 30, with exposed brick walls, strings 
of lights and the original stage and mo¬ 
saic bar. “It’s special because every show is 
unplugged and the performers relax,” Krut 
says, “as if they’re just playing and chatting 
with friends in their living rooms.” 

“The ’Crypt is my favorite place on 
campus,” says outreach manager Mahelet 
Fekade T6. “When you are in the ’Crypt, 
it doesn’t feel like you are on campus or in 
Morningside Heights. It’s an oasis.” 


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ROAR, LION, ROAR 


Fencing Looks To Repeat as NCAA Champions; 
Mens Hoops Hopes To Vie for Ivy Title 


C olumbia’s fencers are seeking to 
defend their national champi¬ 
onship and the men’s basketball 
team is looking to continue its 
climb up the Ivy League ladder in the win¬ 
ter sports season that began with wins for 
both squads in November. 

The fencers opened their season in 
impressive fashion with a clean sweep at 
the Columbia Invitational on Novem¬ 
ber 6. The men’s team beat Stevens Tech 
22-5, NJIT 19-8 and Hunter 19-8 and 
the women defeated Northwestern 16—11, 
NJIT 24-3 and Fairleigh Dickinson 27-0. 

“Last year after we won the NCAA 
championships, we all sat down and it 
was like, ‘What are we going to do for this 
year?”’ said head coach Michael Aufrich- 
tig. “And the goal was, ‘Now is the year we 
start the dynasty.’We did lose a few seniors 
who graduated, but we have a huge senior 
class and they are really excited to defend 
that championship.” 

Columbia is led by men’s epeeists Jake 
Hoyle T6 and Brian Ro T6, who were first 
and third, respectively, at last year’s NCAA 
championships. Aufrichtig also cited over¬ 
all team depth and what he called the 
“strongest women’s sabre team in the coun¬ 
try” as other strengths. 

“Our mindset this year is to even go 
stronger than we did last year,” he said. 
“We know we definitely have a target on 
our backs — I kind of feel as Columbia 
we always have a target but especially this 



All-Ivy forward Alex Rosenberg ’16 is back in the lineup after missing last season due to a broken foot. 


year as the defending national champions 
we do have a target. Our mindset is we’re 
champions, we’re looking to defend that 
championship and be champions again.” 

Columbia will compete in four more 
multi-team invitationals leading up to the 
round-robin Ivy League championships 
at Cornell Saturday, February 6-Sunday, 
February 7; the NCAA regionals at Vas- 
sar on Sunday, March 13; and the NCAA 
championships at Brandeis Thursday, 
March 24—Sunday, March 27. 

The men’s basketball team, which was 
picked to finish second behind Yale in the 
preseason Ivy League media poll, opened 
its campaign at Levien Gym on November 
13 by beating Kean 107-62. Three days later, 


Columbia traveled to Manhattan, Kan., and 
dropped an 81-71 decision to Kansas State. 

The Lions, who won 21 games two years 
ago, dipped to 13-15 last year after All-Ivy 
forward Alex Rosenberg T6 suffered a bro¬ 
ken foot during preseason and withdrew 
from school for the year. Coach Kyle Smith 
is optimistic that with Rosenberg and guard 
Grant Mullins T6, who missed last season 
because of a concussion suffered during 
the previous campaign, returning to a team 
headed by All-Ivy guard Maodo Lo T6 and 
the versatile Isaac Cohen T6, the Lions will 
have the firepower to contend for their first 
Ivy League championship since 1968. Lo 
(18.4 ppg) and Rosenberg (16.0) led the 
Ivies in scoring the past two seasons and are 


SCOREBOARD 


45 

Margin of victory in 
men’s basketball’s 
107-62 win over 
Kean, the largest 
margin in a season 
opener since 1968 


7 

Countries 
represented by 
members of the 
nationally ranked 
men’s and women’s 
squash teams 


174 

Yards gained 
by football’s 
Cameron Molina ’16 
in the season finale 
against Brown, 
a career high 


10 

Wins by men’s 
soccer team 
this fall, the most 
since 2003 


65 

Points posted by 
the men’s team 
in winning the Ivy 
League Heptagonal 
Cross Country 
Championship 


6 

Wrestlers who 
finished among 
the top five in their 
weights in the 
season-opening 
Hokie Open 


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the first pair of 1,000-point career scorers 
Columbia has had on the same team since 
1998-99. Behind Lo, Mullins and Cohen, 
the Lions have solid depth at guard with 
Kyle Castlin ’18, Nate Hickman ’18, C.J. 
Davis ’19 and Quinton Adlesh ’19. 

“We’ve been picked to do well, and frankly 
we should,” said Smith, who likely will go 
with a three-guard lineup most of the time 
to take advantage of Columbia’s strength and 
depth at that position. “This is my sixth year 
here; the program has matured and I hope 
we’re ready to take the next step.” Smith 
noted that with a plethora of guards and 
wing players, it will be important that they 
“identify their roles” during the non-confer¬ 
ence games that precede the Ivy campaign. 
At the same time, frontcourt players will 
need to step up. Key figures in this group 
are 7-foot-l Conor Voss ’17 as well as Luke 
Petrasek’17, Chris McComber ’17, Jeff Coby 
’17 and Lukas Meisner’19. 

Columbia plays 17 games against non¬ 
conference opponents before beginning 
Ivy League play with a home game against 
Cornell on Saturday, January 16. After 
that the Lions will play five consecutive 
Ivy games on the road before finishing 
their season with six of eight conference 
games at home, the last against defending 
co-champion Yale on Saturday, March 5, 
at Levien Gym. Yale topped the preseason 
media poll with 117 points, followed 
closely by Columbia at 114 and Princeton 
at 108. Harvard, the league champion or 
co-champion each of the last five years, 
was picked to finish fourth with 96 points. 

The Lions’game at Yale on Friday, Febru¬ 
ary 5 will be nationally televised on FOX 
Sports l.Two other games will be televised 


ROAR! 

For the latest news on Columbia athletics, 
visit gocolumbialions.com. 

by the American Sports Network: at home 
against Harvard on Friday, February 19, and 
on the road at Princeton on Friday, Febru¬ 
ary 26. Columbia’s women’s team, in its first 
season under interim coach Sheila Roux, 
who took over after Stephanie Glance 
stepped down to become the executive 
director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, also 
has a nationally televised game, at home 
against Penn on Sunday, February 28 on the 
American Sports Network. 



Football 
Snaps Streaks 

Columbia’s football team “got that 800- 
lb. gorilla off our backs,” coach A1 Bag- 
noli said after the Lions beat Wagner 
26-3 on October 10 to emphatically end 
a 24-game losing streak that stretched 
back to November 19, 2012, when 
Columbia beat Cornell 34—17. 

Three weeks later, Columbia ended two 
more streaks —18 consecutive Ivy League 
losses and 22 straight road losses — by 
traveling to New Haven and defeating 
Yale 17-7 in the Yale Bowl. “This is impor¬ 
tant as the next step as we try to establish 
credibility,” said Bagnoli, who took over as 
Columbia’s coach on February 24 after 23 
years and nine Ivy championships at Penn. 

Those wins gave the Lions a 2-8 
record (including 1-6 in the Ivies) after 
two winless seasons. Equally important, 
even though Bagnoli is quick to say there 
are no moral victories, is the fact that 
Columbia was competitive in every game 
except one (Homecoming against Penn), 


Lions celebrate following the win over Wagner. 

and Columbia’s defense, which allowed 
38.9 points and 494.5 yards of total 
offense per game last season, cut those 
numbers dramatically this year to 19.8 
points and 290.3 yards per game. 

“I think by most people’s standards, 
were heading in the right direction,”Bag¬ 
noli said after the final game. “We’re far 
more competitive. Were playing people for 
60 minutes. It’s just one year. I’m not sure 
what people’s expectations were. But we’re 
making progress — it just never comes as 
fast or as seamless as you want it to come.” 


SPORTS SHORTS 


CROSS COUNTRY: Men’s cross country 
won the Ivy League Heptagonal Cham¬ 
pionship and the women’s team finished 
third at Van Cordandt Park on October 
30. Director of Cross Country/Track & 
Field Daniel Ireland was unanimously 
voted Ivy League Men’s Cross Country 
Coach of the Year. Leading the men’s 
team were Aubrey Myjer T6 (third over¬ 
all) and Jack Boyle T7 (seventh), both of 
whom earned All-Ivy first-team honors, 
while Tait Rutherford T6 (ninth) ran his 
way to the second team. Tops among the 
women were Olivia Sadler T6 (ninth) and 
Leila Mantilla T6 (14th), who earned sec¬ 
ond team all-conference honors. 


MEILI: Katie Meili T3 won three med¬ 
als at the 2015 Pan American Games in 
Toronto in July, including gold medals in 
the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m med¬ 
ley relay, both in event-record times. She 
also won silver in the 400m freestyle relay. 
On September 1, Meili was among 107 
members named by USA Swimming to 
the 2015-16 U.S. National Team, where 
she joins such stars of the sport as Missy 


Franklin, Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte 
and Michael Phelps. Meili hopes to 
compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics 
in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, August 5-Sun- 
day, August 21; she’ll attempt to qualify 
for the team at the Olympic Trials in 
Omaha, Sunday, June 26-Sunday,July 3. 


FOOTBALL PODCAST: WNYC, New 
York’s public radio station, this fall pro¬ 
duced the podcast “The Season,” follow¬ 
ing the Columbia football team under 
new coach A1 Bagnoli as it attempted to 
bounce back from two winless seasons. 
Host Ilya Marritz and the producers 
had extensive access to players, coaches, 
alumni and University officials, includ¬ 
ing trustee emeritus and former coach 
Bill Campbell ’62, TC’64, who spoke on 
the October 1 episode about why football 
matters. “It is the ultimate team game,” 
Campbell said. “You cannot be success¬ 
ful without a team all operating on the 
same page. When you snap the ball, when 
you play defense, when you do everything 
that you need to do, 11 people all have to 
be in coordination and in sync.” 


Winter 2015-16 CCT 13 






















The 


JQX- 


I t is August, a traditional time of respite for academics, but 
Robert E. Harrist Jr. GSAS’81 is hard at work. The Jane and 
Leopold Swergold Professor of Chinese Art has just returned 
from teaching an Art Humanities/Music Humanities immersion 
program in Paris and is now preparing to travel to China to give 
a talk about inscriptions on Mount Tai (“When you go to China 
you don’t just climb a mountain, you read it,” he explains). 

Harrist, 63, is one of the world’s foremost experts on Chinese 
painting and calligraphy — and one of the few who did not grow 
up speaking Chinese — and he knows the subject of this confer¬ 
ence particularly well; it is the same as his 2008 book, The Land¬ 
scape of Words: Stone Inscriptions from Early and Medieval China. 
The intense preparation has to do with giving a professional-level, 
public talk to a mostly Chinese audience, in Chinese — not some¬ 
thing he ordinarily does. 

“Words you think you know how to pronounce you might be 
mispronouncing because of the tones,” he explains. “All those years 
you’ve been meaning to look it up but haven’t quite gotten around 
to it.” Now he is spending hours practicing saying those words. 

Only days earlier, Harrist was in Paris speaking fluent French. He 
can also read Japanese and speak it conversationally. Yet he claims 
he is “not good at all at foreign languages.” He plays Bach, Schubert 
and Chopin quite well on his Steinway grand, although he says, 
“I play at the level of an advanced beginner, and have for about 45 
years.” He has thought of trying to teach Music Humanities: “It’d 
be wonderful, but I don’t think I could do it well. I barely know 
enough to teach Art Hum!” In fact, he has a degree in music in 
addition to an uncharacteristically deep knowledge of Western art. 

Harrist’s devotion to various art forms — he is also a balleto¬ 
mane who has written for Ballet Review — is part of an overall 
enthusiasm for life’s ornaments, from the literally monumental to 
the quotidian. He notices details and delights in them. One might 
guess that his varied expertise and talents make him intimidating, 
but his humbleness as well as joie de vivre have won him many 


By Shira Boss ’93, JRN’97, SIPA’98 


Looking 


Professor Robert E. Harrist Jr. 

delights in study of art in all its forms 


friends as well as made him a popular teacher. “I’ve never known 
anybody who takes such deep and great pleasure in life — in works 
of art, other people, the weather — you name it,” says William 
Hood, visiting professor at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, a 
former colleague and longtime, close friend of Harrist. “His whole 
life is fueled by joy, a capacity to be awed by things most people 
wouldn’t even notice.” 

“I still can’t believe I get paid to do this,” Harrist says. “Can you 
imagine anything better than being paid to look at sculptures of 
Michelangelo and talk about them with smart, young people? It’s 
impossible to describe how fortunate people in my position are — a 
senior position at a place like Columbia University. We are some of 
the most privileged people on earth.” 

H arrist grew up in the small town of Rockport, Texas, on the 
Gulf Coast. Adopted as an infant, he was the son of a refrig¬ 
erator and air conditioner repairman and a homemaker. Instead of 
growing up hearing about when he was born, Harrist heard his par¬ 
ents speak of “when we got you.” “It was like being parachuted into 
this world,” he says. He describes his beloved hometown as a cross 
between To Kill a Mockingbird, and It’s a Wonderful Life. As a kid, he 
went hunting (“deer, quail, jackrabbit — you name it, we’d shoot it”) 
and rode on a roundup of his uncle’s cattle. 

He also, inexplicably, yearned to learn to play the piano. “In our 
house, the first and only notes of classical music ever played were 
by me. I don’t know how I found my way to them,” he says. When 

“Can you imagine anything better than being 
paid to look at sculptures of Michelangelo and 
talk about them with smart, young people?” 

his grandmother came into some money, she bought a piano. He 
took lessons and “got saddle sore from practice ... Whatever crazy 
notions I had, I was always encouraged and supported,” he says. “My 
parents truly were angels.” 

One of those notions, stuck in his head from the time he was 
little, was to live in New York. “Everything I knew about New York 
I got from I Love Lucy. So from my perspective, everyone was funny 
and lived in cozy apartments and went down to the club at night. 
And except for going down to the club at night, it all came true,” 
he says, adding, “Well, I guess I could go down to a club at night...” 

After starting at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, Har¬ 
rist studied music at Indiana, where he played the oboe, until he 
took his first art history class and changed course, adding an art 
history major to his music major. He went on to a master’s in art 
history from Indiana (1978), where he wrote his thesis on Matisse, 
still his favorite artist. During graduate school he was enchanted by 
a survey course of Chinese art, in particular the calligraphy. He says 
he may have appreciated it because his eye had been trained to look 
at abstract art. 

The professor, Susan Nelson, discouraged him from pursuing the 
field, as the language is so difficult. “You’ll never curl up with a Chi¬ 
nese novel,” she told him. He was not dissuaded and later, after he 
did master the language, Harrist made his own mark in the field by 
examining, in a holistic manner, the inscriptions carved into moun¬ 
tain faces at thousands of sites across China. “Visitors to China, 


tourists and scholars alike, frequently see these giant inscriptions, 
but no one before Bob fully realized how phenomenally significant 
this practice is as a defining characteristic of the Chinese cultural 
mindset,” says Jan Stuart, who met Harrist in graduate school and 
is the Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art at the Freer and 
Sadder Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. 

“In his path-breaking work [The Landscape of Words], Bob com¬ 
bined perspectives from these seemingly disparate fields, calligraphy, 
landscape studies and religion,” Stuart continues. “And he showed us 
the unique way in which the Chinese have orchestrated their experi¬ 
ence of nature by turning the raw material of stone cliffs — mere 
physical spaces — into landscapes that convey deep values reflective 
of religious practice, political history, social engagement and art.” 

In 1978, Harrist arrived at Kent Hall for an intensive master’s in 
East Asian studies, then continued his art history education with 
a Ph.D. in Chinese art and archaeology from Princeton in 1989. 
He joined the faculty at Oberlin in 1987, where he remained for a 
decade until a position opened at Columbia. He received an Award 
for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum from the Hey- 
man Center for the Humanities in 2004 and a Lenfest Distin¬ 
guished Faculty Award in 2006. 

“We have been lucky to have Bob share his expansive appre¬ 
ciation of art with generations of Art Hum students,” says Dean 
James J. Valentini. “Bob is known among students for his incredible 
knowledge as a professor and for encouraging them to ‘articulate 
the obvious’ when describing art. His passion for sharing artistic 
sensibilities does not stop with the visual arts. While teaching in the 
combined Art Humanities/Music Humanities program this sum¬ 
mer in Paris, Bob often used his talent on the piano to play for his 
class the pieces they were studying in Music Hum.” 

Harrist chaired the art history department from 2007 to 2011 
and was a beloved leader, according to Stephen Murray, the Lisa 
and Bernard Selz Professor of Medieval Art History, who has been 
on the faculty since 1986. “He has a generosity and a civility that is 
so rare in academia,” Murray says. “He considered the operation as 
a privilege, as the creation of an ideal community of teachers and 
scholars, not as imposing rules and restraints. He once asked me, 
‘What can I do to make your life better as a teacher?’ Has any chair 
anywhere ever said that?” 

I n New York, while on sabbatical from Oberlin in 1993, Harrist 
met his wife, Weizhi Lu, a Spanish and Chinese teacher at an 
NYC public high school. They now have a 16-year-old son, Jack. 
“I’m from South Texas and my wife is from the south of China 
and together we produced a native New Yorker,” Harrist says. He 
notes how different Jack’s upbringing has been from his own: “I did 
not set foot in a major museum until I was 20, in Chicago. We just 
didn’t have anything like that in a small town. Being able to go to 
the Met — that would have been the most unbelievably dazzling, 
glamorous thing you could imagine.” (Jack prefers to go to Yankees 
games, so Harrist has expanded his interests to include baseball.) 

Nearly two decades after moving to New York, the thrill of seeing 
art at the Met has not worn off. Harrist goes to the museum usu¬ 
ally once a week, often with his colleague and friend Hood. In the 
course of teaching art survey classes, both have lectured on Brue¬ 
gel’s The Harvesters “a gazillion times,” Hood says. Yet one day they 
stopped to look at it together and, as Hood describes, “The next 
thing we knew, IV 2 hours had passed.” 


16 CCT Winter 2015-16 


The Joy of Looking 



Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru, ca. 1095 “It was because of calligraphy that I decided to study Chinese art. I fell in love with it before I 
Huang Tingjian (Chinese, 1045-1105) had started to learn Chinese, and although I encourage everyone to study Chinese, it’s possible 

Handscroll; ink on paper; 12.75 in. x 59 ft. 9 in. to enjoy calligraphy deeply without a knowledge of the language. The text of this scroll consists 

(32.5 x 1822.4 cm) of the biographies of two ancient worthies, but a connoisseur of calligraphy would concentrate 

Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 (1989.363.4) on the structure of the characters and the energy of brushstrokes, not on the content of the 

text. It’s sometimes said that the linear patterns of Chinese calligraphy can be appreciated 
in the way we appreciate abstract art. That’s true, but unlike, let’s say, a painting by Jackson 
Pollock, calligraphy has to conform to rules: no matter how wild or abbreviated the characters, 
they have to be written from top to bottom following a prescribed order of strokes. In this scroll 
you can see traces of how time passed as the calligrapher worked. In the next to last column on 
the left, the brush was going dry, and before writing the final column the calligrapher dipped the 
brush in the jet black ink.” 


Another day, Harrist led Hood upstairs to look at a late-period 
Monet water lilies. Hood says he himself had always been preju¬ 
diced against the Impressionists, but that Harrist took him up close 
to the painting to examine how the color of the paint interlaced 
with the texture on the painting. “It was astounding. I’d never seen 
Monet before,” Hood says. “That’s the type of scrutiny that very few 
people are capable of. He’s capable of deep scrutiny, of any period, 
of any style, of any culture. Bob is so dedicated to the life enhance¬ 
ment that can come to a person who’s willing to put the effort into 
engaging with a work of art.” 

Which is why Harrist declares Art Hum his favorite course. He 
teaches it nearly every year, alongside Chinese Art 101 and a gradu¬ 
ate seminar or lecture, often on Chinese painting or calligraphy (a 
rare offering at U.S. schools). Even his graduate classes on Chinese 
art, however, are geared toward the non-specialist; he encourages 
students of European art to participate. “He’s a rigorous looker. He 
can look at a single work of art for hours and continue to come up 
with fresh observations,” says Joseph Scheier-Dolberg GSAS’12, 
assistant curator of Chinese painting and calligraphy at the Met 
and a grad student of Harrist. He recalls the day when Harrist put 
up a slide of an ornamental detail in his Chinese art class and asked 
if anyone could identify it. Nobody could. It was a pattern from a 


mosaic on the subway platform at 116th Street. “He never turns his 
eye off. He’s always looking,” Scheier-Dolberg says. 

Harrist says that getting people truly to look is a main job in art 
history: “The older I get, the more I find myself focusing on that,” 
he says. “It’s incredibly hard to look at things. You think you’re see¬ 
ing things but really your eye is just drifting.” Recently he has been 
examining the ways of the late Meyer Schapiro ’24, GSAS’35, the 
preeminent art reviewer, historian and Columbia professor. Scha¬ 
piro believed that to examine a work of art closely, it helped enor¬ 
mously to draw it. To that end, Harrist himself took up drawing 
about the time he became chair of the department and enrolled in 
classes at a studio downtown. As chair, he secured funds for stu¬ 
dents to take life drawing classes. 

He says about art, “I love it more every year. Sometimes I feel I’ve 
only recently begun to see things myself. It makes me wonder what 
I was doing all those years and all I missed.” 

D espite his wide-ranging expertise, Harrist is repeatedly described 
as low-key, humble, open-minded and humorous. “He has so 
much knowledge and knows all these facts, but you can go out with 
him and just have fun,” Stuart says. She says there’s nobody she’d 
rather go to a concert or ballet with than Harrist. 


Winter 2015-16 CCT 17 










Nancy Zafris GSAS’79, friends with Harrist since meeting at 
International House in 1978, describes attending a Matisse cutout 
exhibition at MoMA last December: “Bob was talking to us and 
pretty soon there was a little cluster of people listening and follow¬ 
ing us,” Zafris says. “He was so clear and insightful and interesting, 
and so accepting of other people. Two older women were there from 
out of town and he went off with them to look at something. He 
was very excited about what they had to say.” 

Zafris says Harrist “finds a lot of pleasure in things other academ¬ 
ics might disdain; he doesn’t disdain anything.” She mentions his 

It is the students, Harrist says, who keep him 
inspired: “I’m always looking for new things to 
say ... it’s through teaching that I continue to 
engage with the works.” 

watching a Facts of Life sitcom marathon with her when he was in 
grad school at Princeton and his finding it “quite delightful.” On a 
visit to New York in October 2014, she and Harrist went to see the 
New York City Ballet and then went straight to a Bill Murray movie. 

Susan Boynton, chair of the music department and Harrist’s 
teaching partner for Art Hum/Music Hum this past summer in 
Paris, noted that Harrist has so many friends that he was invited out 
or to someone’s home nearly every night. “He can relate to people 


really easily. There’s not a grain of snobbery in him,” Boynton says. 
Those traits also make it easy for Columbia students to relate to 
him, she says, and contribute to his popularity. 

Students of Harrist appreciate that he gets to know them and lis¬ 
tens to them. As part of Art Hum in Paris, on a visit to the Louvre, 
Harrist told the class first to spend time walking around Michelan¬ 
gelo’s Dying Slave and Rebellious Slave sculptures, and for the students 
to note what interested them. Then, in the midst of the crowds, Harrist 
led each student around the sculptures individually for a few minutes 
to discuss the work. “He asked us what stood out to us and took us 
over to that part of the sculpture and talked about it,” says Ben Lib- 
man T7. He says each student did as much talking as the professor: “It 
was very collaborative. He really embraces the seminar environment.” 

“He would incorporate your strengths or interests to bring out 
the best in you, and for the class,” says Kaitlin Hickey T8. She says 
Harrist picked up on her knowledge of mythology, and when the 
class was at the Medici Fountain in Luxembourg Garden, he asked 
her to say a bit to the rest of the class about the depiction of Leda 
and the Swan behind the fountain. 

Indeed it is the students, Harrist says, who keep him inspired. 
“If I were living out in the mountains and not at a university, it’d 
be hard to stay interested,” he says. “I’m always looking for new 
things to say — even though they’ve never heard it before, I have, 
and they can sense a certain staleness if you don’t continue to revise 
and discover new things. So it’s through teaching that I continue to 
engage with the works.” 



Princesse de Broglie, 1851-53 

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, 1780-1867) 

Oil on canvas 47.75 x 35.75 in. (121.3 x 90.8 cm) 

Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.186) 

“I like to end Art Hum tours with this portrait, which I think is one of the 
most beautiful paintings in the museum. It stops us in our tracks, above 
all because of the seemingly photographic precision of the image. Have 
you ever seen a more beautiful blue satin dress? You can get lost in simply 
admiring what a master of oil painting Ingres was. But the painting is full 
of subtle distortions and weird adjustments of reality. The face has the 
geometric regularity of an archaic Greek statue, and Ingres never let actual 
bone structure get in the way of painting elegant bodies. Try to figure 
out how the right wrist is attached to the arm. Most of the surface of the 
painting is smooth and glossy, but pieces of jewelry are painted with thick 
encrustations of paint that stand up in relief. The Princesse de Broglie died 
at 35, seven years after Ingres finished her portrait. This fact has nothing to 
do with the origins of the painting — neither the princess nor Ingres could 
see into the future — but it’s hard not to let this knowledge of her fate cast a 
retrospective melancholy over this quiet, serene image.” 


18 CCT Winter 2015-16 




The Joy of Looking 



Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children, 17th century (ca. 1616-17) 
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598-1680) 

Italian (Rome) 

Marble; H. 52 in. (132.1 cm) 

Purchase, The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, Fletcher, Rogers, and Louis V. 

Bell Funds, and Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1976 (1976.92) 

“This work is an old favorite on Art Hum tours of the Metropolitan Museum 
of Art. It is probably a collaborative work by Pietro Bernini and his far more 
famous son, Gian Lorenzo, one of the great virtuoso sculptors. Finished 
when he was only 18, this piece is a spectacular demonstration of skill. 

The visual interaction of the wild faun, plump children, a dog, a lizard, a 
tree trunk, vines, grapes and other fruit is so complex that it’s hard to know 
where to start looking. One thing you can do is just try to figure out where 
all the hands and feet are placed. Looking in this way pulls you around 
the statue, which is composed to make you move. Another way to enjoy 
Bernini’s art is to make a visual inventory of the different textures, all carved 
from marble: skin, hair, fur, bark, leaves, vines, fruit and more. Bernini, like a 
wizard, could transform stone into anything he liked.” 


D uring the year Harrist spent in New York when he was on sab¬ 
batical from Oberlin, he went to see the New York City Ballet 
65 times. It was the year of the Balanchine festival, and Harrist had 
discovered a love of Balanchine while in grad school at Columbia. 
“It changed my life,” he says of the first performance he saw. “I could 
tell instantly this was something marvelous I’d want to see again 
and again. It’s complicated, like paintings. It’s not something you 
can see once and think you’ve figured it out.” He became somewhat 
of an expert on choreography by self-study. 

Harrist continues to expand his horizons within the art world. 
He has taken an interest in contemporary American ceramics artist 
Betty Woodman, for example. He continually goes to exhibitions 
— back in New York in September, in the 10 days between his 
return from the China conference and departure for a work trip to 
England, he was trying to squeeze in a gallery visit to see a show of 
works by Martha Armstrong, an artist he had never heard of. “I can’t 
wait to get down to Chelsea to see the paintings,” he says. 


In 2010, Haxrist encountered the abstract paintings of the late 
modern artist Roy Newell at a Chelsea gallery. But he didn’t stop at 
acquiring a work for his own collection; he returned to the gallery and 
made inquiries, then sought out Newell’s widow, Ann, to learn more. 
“She was so entranced with Bob, she gave him access to everything,” 
Hood says. Harrist curated an exhibition of Newell’s work at the Pol¬ 
lock Krasner House Sc Study Center on Long Island in 2014 and 
wrote the accompanying catalogue on Newell and his work. 

“It was refreshing to do something outside of my normal field,” 
he says. “If you love art, you should love it all. You can’t be an expert 
in everything, but you should be interested in everything, and you 
should stretch yourself.” 

Shir a Boss ’93,JRN’97, SIPA’98 is an author and contributing writer 
to CCT. Her most recent article was “Building a Lifeline” (Spring 
2015). She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, two sons 
and two whippets. 


Winter 2015-16 CCT 19 






Making 



Melissa Mark-Viverito ’91 uses her role as NYC council 
speaker to advocate for the underserved 


A s recently as late fall 2013, Melissa Mark-Viverito ’91 was a 
relatively obscure member of the New York City Council. 

_ A Democrat, she cruised to reelection in her district, 
which largely comprises East Harlem and portions of the South 
Bronx, seemingly destined to serve four more years in the 51-mem¬ 
ber legislative body before term limits would force her out of office 
and, more than likely, back to the world of activism and nonprofits. 
And then her political future changed forever. 

A behind-the-scenes push to elect a liberal speaker of the City 
Council — which included unprecedented intervention from then- 
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio — propelled Mark-Viverito into arguably 
the second-most powerful elected post in the nation’s largest city. 

Mark-Viverito, the first Latino or Latina to be elected to the role, 
has seized the opportunity, leading with a focus on diversity and 
activism that was in part forged by her experiences two decades prior 
as a College student. Outspoken and often unfiltered (partic ular ly 
on Twitter under the handle @MMViverito), she has worked in tan¬ 
dem with de Blasio on a number of progressive reforms for the city, 
including mandating paid sick leave and creating a new municipal 
identification program. She also has wielded the power of her posi¬ 
tion to broaden the reach of government into the lives of its citizens, 
particularly those left behind by New York’s recent economic boom. 

“Ihe speaker is a fierce advocate,” says de Blasio. “A sense of social 
justice pervades everything she does. I respect that a lot, and I think it’s 
something that her colleagues in the council trust and respect as well.” 

But Mark-Viverito also has broken with the mayor on several key 
issues, such as the size of the police force, and has used her office as a 
platform to become a forceful national figure on issues like immigra¬ 
tion rights and criminal justice reform. 

While largely no-nonsense in City Council chambers, she also can 
display a lighter side, from playfully talking trash during the annual 
City Council vs. Mayor’s office softball game, to live-tweeting the 
Latin Grammy Awards, to sipping champagne and dancing well past 


midnight during the city Democratic party’s yearly retreat to her 
native Puerto Rico. 

And, with her four-year term approaching the halfway mark, she 
doesn’t want to squander any time. 

“Eyes around the world are on this city,” says Mark-Viverito. 
“Everyone watches what we do.” 

M ark-Viverito’s journey to New York’s corridors of power began 
far from City Hall. 

She was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but frequently spent sum¬ 
mers visiting family in New York (the five boroughs are home to 
more than 720,000 Puerto Ricans — six times that of any other 
United States city). Feeling the pull of Manhattan, she eagerly 
enrolled at the College. 

But her transition wasn’t easy. 

Coming from a high school that had a graduating class of 40, 
Mark-Viverito was overwhelmed by Columbia’s size. She initially 
intended to follow in the footsteps of her father, a doctor, but aban¬ 
doned that track after a year. 

She nearly abandoned Morningside Heights altogether, feeling adrift 
on a campus with few other Puerto Ricans and, she felt, with little sup¬ 
port from the administration. “I started interacting with some people 
who had a very negative view of who a Puerto Rican is,” says Mark- 
Viverito, who previously had never lived anywhere but her hometown. 
She can, decades later, still recall the sting when a Carman floormate 
decried Puerto Ricans as “parasites” who were “all living on welfare.” 
Another time, a student yelled at her to “get 
back on your boat and go home.” 

“That challenged me,” she says. “That got 
me thinking about what it means to be a 
Puerto Rican in this new environment.” 

She realized that her experience of being 
an outsider was far from novel at Columbia 


Melissa Mark-Viverito ’91 
took office as speaker of 
the New York City Coun¬ 
cil on January 8, 2014. 

WILLIAM ALATRISTE FOR THE 
NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL 


Bv Jonathan Lemire ’01 








Making Her 

Mark 


and in the city at large. “That did help shape my level of critical 
thinking and my place in the city,” says Mark-Viverito, adding that 
it spurred her to be more involved with social equity issues. 

Two passions emerged during her sophomore year that kept her 
at Columbia. 

The first was WKCR. She spent two years co-hosting a radio show 
that unlocked the world of Latin Jazz to her. Armed with a press 
credential, she frequented shows at some of the city’s most famed 
jazz clubs, from Blue Note to the Village Vanguard. She saw the likes 
of Tito Puente perform and was dazzled by their artistry and moved 
by the musical tradition of her native land. (Mark-Viverito’s time at 
WKCR would, after graduation, steer her to the New York City radio 
station WBAI, a listener-supported liberal station, where she was a 
volunteer contributor to the news department and political shows.) 

The other passion was a burgeoning taste for activism, particu¬ 
larly for racial and cultural causes. As a sophomore, she joined 
Action Boricua, a student organization founded to foster aware¬ 
ness of Puerto Rican culture, history and current affairs while also 
providing support for Latino issues at Columbia. She also became 
heavily involved with a campaign to diversify the Core Curriculum 
and another to push for more Latino and Puerto Rican professors 
and staff. Both met some resistance. 

Her niche at Columbia grew to include a political science major 
and a love for Latin-American film classes. She fondly remembers 
late nights in Carman and Ruggles debating the issues of the day, 
and also visiting friends at NYU and on the Lower East Side. 

But it was her time involved in political causes at Columbia that 
helped to shape her career and eventually the policies of New York 
City’s government. 

Her first steps onto the municipal political stage came a few years 
after graduation when she joined a local community board and then 
coordinated a group that protested 
the Navy’s use of the Puerto Rican 
island of Vieques as a bombing tar¬ 
get. She later became a top orga¬ 
nizer at a politically powerful health 
care workers’ union before running 
for council in 2003. 

She lost, but captured the seat 
two years later. 

Mark-Viverito’s focus was on bet¬ 
tering the lives of the less fortunate 
in her Upper Manhattan/South 
Bronx district, which contains the 
poorest ZIP code in the nation. 
She sponsored bills focused on 
tenant harassment and on improv¬ 
ing parks; at times she waded onto 
larger stages, such as when she criti¬ 
cized Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)’s prior opposition to so-called 
“sanctuary cities” for not enforcing all immigration laws. 

“When it comes to issues of fairness, of sticking up for the dis¬ 
possessed, she will not compromise,” says City Councilman Corey 
Johnson, who represents parts of Manhattan. 

Mark-Viverito won reelection in 2009 amid a swirling contro¬ 
versy around then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s move to overturn 
term limits and capture a third term. The backlash against Bloom¬ 
berg’s extended tenure breathed new life into the city’s previously 


downtrodden political left wing, including the formation of a pro¬ 
gressive caucus in the city council — helmed by Mark-Viverito — 
and the rebirth of the Working Families Party, which was founded 
by union and liberal community organizations. 

The party formulated secret plans to rally around a progressive 
speaker candidate in 2013, after more than a decade of rule by 
moderate speakers who largely kept the body’s liberal tendencies 
in check. Mark-Viverito and her allies defied the county political 
bosses who normally hand-pick the speaker and, with de Blasio’s 
stunning intervention, rounded up enough councilmembers’ sup¬ 
port to secure her victory 

The vote that made her victory official turned into an impromptu 
fiesta within City Hall’s council chambers; some spectators waved 
Puerto Rican flags, and a group of drummers and maracas players 
broke out into a salsa-inflected song when the tally was over. 

N ew York City’s government is set up to have a powerful mayor 
but a bill only becomes law if it’s passed by the 51-person 
council which, traditionally, is dominated by a strong speaker who 
can set when — or if— legislation can come to a floor vote. Mark- 
Viverito’s win moved the council, which only has three Republicans 
to go along with 48 Democrats, in line with de Blasio and ushered 
in a series of progressive reforms and programs. 

Free pre-kindergarten was expanded throughout the public 
school system, which educates more than 1 million students a year. 
The NYPD tactic known as stop-and-frisk, which allowed police to 
question anyone they deemed suspicious, was sharply curtailed after 
critics decried it as discriminatory against young men of color. And 
the council passed living wage legislation and paid sick leave, offer¬ 
ing a helping hand to those barely scraping by. 

“The council under her leadership has been there time and again 
to drive things forward,” de Blaiso says. 

Mark-Viverito’s political views are mosdy to the left of the famously 
liberal de Blasio. She’s moved past the mayor on pushing for criminal 
justice reform, including the creation of a bail fund for minor offend¬ 
ers and a call for some low-level violations, such as jumping a subway 
turnstile, to warrant only summonses instead of jail time. 

She also sided with the family of Eric Garner, who was placed in 
a fatal chokehold by a police officer on a Staten Island street, and 
she wore a T-shirt in the Council chambers emblazoned with his 
last words — “I Can’t Breathe” — as a sign of protest. The police 
unions demanded an apology. She refused. 

“I feel very comfortable in my role,” says Mark-Viverito, who says 
she has tried to balance the needs of her district with those of the 
entire council. “I feel really good about what we’ve accomplished. 
We’re really making a change in people’s lives in what we’re doing.” 

Early in her term as speaker, Mark-Viverito was dogged by a per¬ 
vasive belief in political circles that she would not defy the mayor 
because she was beholden to him for helping to install her atop the 
council. But that has changed. 

During two consecutive city budget negotiations, she and the 
council advocated for hiring 1,000 more police officers to continue 
to keep crime low and also to provide more outreach to communi¬ 
ties that have felt mistreated by the NYPD. The first year, de Blasio 
held firm and the officers weren’t hired. But in the second, relent¬ 
ing to pressure from the speaker and Police Commissioner William 
Bratton, he gave in and issued the green light to hire even more 
police officers (nearly 1,300) than Mark-Viverito had requested. 


Mark-Viverito’s 
time involved in 
political causes 
at Columbia 
helped to shape 
her career and 
eventually NYC 
govern merit 
policies. 


22 CCT Winter 2015-16 




I Above: Mark-Viverito at the June 8,2014, Puerto Rican Day Parade; 

I right: Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio confer on June 19,2014, 

I before announcing the budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2015. 

I 

She also opposed the mayor’s consideration of a plan to tear up 
p Times Square’s popular pedestrian plazas as a means to rid the 

iconic attraction of costumed characters, like Elmo, and half-naked 
ladies who aggressively panhandle tourists. And she pushed de Bla¬ 
sio to declare a truce with the ridesharing company Uber and then 
publicly rebuked the mayor for seemingly taking the council’s sup- 
j port for granted. 

The squabbles — and her growing national profile — have helped 
Mark-Viverito move out of de Blasio’s shadow and assert her politi¬ 
cal independence. 

“Everything is on a case-by-case basis,” the speaker says. “It’s not 
like I’m calculating that I have to do this or not. Depending on the 
issue, if it’s something I have to break with the mayor, I’ll do it.” 

Mark-Viverito’s voice has become the loudest on immigration 
r issues. She’s made regular appearances on cable TV news as the 

debate in Washington heats up, and the council has established a fund 
for unaccompanied immigrant minors’ legal fees. She also endorsed 
Hillary Rodham Clinton for President and has become a key surro¬ 
gate for the Democratic frontrunner in Latino communities. 

The municipal ID card, introduced in early 2015, is perhaps 
her signature achievement. More than 500,000 New Yorkers have 
signed up for the card, which allows undocumented immigrants — 
and groups such as the elderly and the transgendered — who would 
otherwise have trouble obtaining legal identification a means to 
access vital city services. 

“I think she was underestimated at first,” says Jeanne Zaino, a 
political science professor at Iona College and pundit who has 
watched Mark-Viverito’s tenure carefully. “She has shown a will¬ 
ingness to step away from the mayor and, on immigration, she is 
becoming a key voice on an issue that looms large in the 2016 presi¬ 
dential campaign.” 

M ark-Viverito,46, has a known preference for privacy and doesn’t 
often discuss her life outside City Hall. She is equally as tight- 
lipped about her political plans, though she has ruled out a 2017 may- 
oral primary challenge to de Blasio or a run for Rep. Charlie Rangel 
(D-N.Y.)’s Congressional seat when he retires that same year. 


Jonathan Lemire ’01 covers New York politics and government for 
The Associated Press. 


But while she can be at times cagey in interviews, she speaks 
more freely in another venue: Twitter. She runs her own account, 
rarely submitting tweets to her staff for review, and she has been 
known to use the social media service to criticize public figures from 
Andrew Cuomo to Donald Trump. She also used Twitter to reveal 
in August 2014 that she has human papillomavirus, or HPV, and 
used the moment to urge her 17,000 followers to get vaccinated. 

Twitter is also where she displays her lighter side. She live- 
tweeted a Republican presidential primary debate and often uses it 
to tease reporters. On the night of her April 1 birthday, she posted a 
photo of a diamond ring with the hashtags #OMG #YES, sending 
reporters — and some of her staff— scrambling. 

Eleven minutes later, she sent another tweet: #HappyAprilFoolsDay. 

That sense of fun is also present in the privacy of her office. There, 
she can be colorful and loud, nonchalantly dropping an expletive 
to make a point. Well-liked by her staff, she moves easily between 
English and Spanish when talking to her aides and has decorated 
her office with Puerto Rican artwork. 

One of those pieces is by Don Rimx, the same artist whose mural 
once led to Mark-Viverito being accused of— wait for it — perform¬ 
ing voodoo. The painting, of a large and rather colorful decapitated 
chicken, had appeared on the side of her 2013 council opponent’s 
apartment building several weeks before the primary. The opponent 
said it was a hex; in fact the piece was commissioned by El Museo del 
Barrio. (Mark-Viverito, unsurprisingly, took to Twitter to address the 
wild claim, writing “Darn! My little secret revealed! #cantmakethisup”.) 

She also says she’d be open to building a relationship with 
Columbia. She has spoken at a few Latino Alumni Association of 
Columbia University events and she credits her time on the Heights 
for playing a part in getting her ready for her next challenges. 

“I do appreciate the academic rigor and the discipline that it 
helps develop,” says Mark-Viverito of her studies at Columbia. 
“There were tough moments, but I definitely value and appreciate 
that they helped mold me into the person I am.” 


Winter 2015-16 CCT 23 









IDENTITY 


Michael Oren ’77, SIPA’78 bridges 
the American-lsraeli divide 


By Eugene L. Meyer ’64 











t ff 





















M ichael Oren 77, SIPA78 is no longer Israel’s 
ambassador to the United States, a post he 
held from 2009 to 2013. But here he was this 
past fall in Washington, D.C., beginning a 
grueling 10-day, seven-state speaking tour — and this, 
immediately after conferring with the presidents of Pan¬ 
ama and Nepal in their capital cities of Panama City and 
Kathmandu, some 8,400 miles apart. 

In his first two crammed days in Washington, Oren, 
a newly elected member of the Knesset, Israel’s parlia¬ 
ment, met with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Elliott 
Abrams, a former assistant secretary of state under Presi¬ 
dent Reagan and adviser to President George W. Bush; 
had breakfast with seven Democratic members of Con¬ 
gress; and met separately with two Republican and two 
more Democratic members. 

During the trip, rising as early as 5 a.m., he would also 
do 16 media interviews and 17 scheduled events, includ¬ 
ing speaking to students at American University. 

Oren’s memoir of his years as ambassador, Ally: My 
Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide , published in 
June, generated buzz for its critical view of U.S. policies 
toward Israel and came up repeatedly as he toured. But 
he is writing a new chapter in a hectic and sometimes 
controversial life and career that have taken him from 
Morningside Heights to the heights of diplomacy and 
now into politics as a member of the Knesset. 

Along the way, the American-born Oren also earned 
advanced degrees; taught Middle East history at Har¬ 



vard, Princeton, Yale and Georgetown to undergraduate 
and graduate students; and wrote four well-reviewed, 
best-selling books. His landmark work, 2008’s Power, 
Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to 
the Present, and his memoir, published in English, were 
scheduled for Hebrew editions late this year. 

“He has tremendous energy,” says Oren’s close friend, 
well-known Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi, with whom 


he speaks daily — sometimes two or three times — and 
with whom he has written Op-Ed articles. In their col¬ 
laborations, Halevi usually sits at the computer while Oren 
paces and sometimes dictates. “His mind races,”says Halevi. 

O ren’s successes in academia, in the publishing world 
and now in politics were not preordained. Raised in 
West Orange, N.J., Oren (ne Michael Scott Bornstein) 
struggled with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity 
disorder. “I didn’t know how to spell, couldn’t do math. 
I didn’t know how to do a lot of things,” he says. These 
deficits consigned him to what he calls in his memoir 
the “dumb classes,” essentially the lowest track in an aca¬ 
demic classification system. Even when a high school 
teacher noticed he was writing poetry and promoted him 
into honors English, he faced an uphill battle. 

Oren was preparing to apply to colleges but scored poorly 
on the SATs. The problem was he couldn’t draw a direct 
line from the question to the right answer box. Armed with 
a ruler when he retook the test, he more than doubled his 
scores, helping him to gain admission to Columbia, which 
he says was his “dream school.” (A writer of short stories, 
plays and poetry — some of which were published in Sev¬ 
enteen magazine — he was impressed that Jack Kerouac ’44 
and Allen Ginsberg ’48 were Columbians.) 

Oren’s upbringing also did not seem to presage his 
pathway to the Middle East. Though Jewish, he went 
to a YMCA camp because that’s what his parents could 
afford. While at the Y camp, he recalls, “I went to church 
every Sunday, said grace before every meal.” The only 
Jewish kid on the block where he lived, he writes in 
Ally, “I rarely made it off the school bus without being 
attacked by Jew-baiting bullies.” When he was in high 
school, his family’s synagogue was bombed. 

In the face of these traumas, Zionism — the cre¬ 
ation of a Jewish national state in Palestine — seemed 
increasingly appealing. “As a teenager,” he writes in Ally, 
“my Zionism was simple, a passion for an Israel that fur¬ 
nished muscular answers to anti-Semitism and a digni¬ 
fied response to the Holocaust.” 

In May 1970, Oren visited Washington, D.C., on a 
trip sponsored by Habonim Dror, a global Labor Zion¬ 
ist youth movement. There he shook hands with Yitzhak 
Rabin, former commander of the Israeli Defense Forces 
(IDF) who was then Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and 
later the country’s prime minister; he was assassinated in 
1995 by a Jewish extremist opposed to his peace efforts. 
Through Habonim Dror, at 15, Oren spent a transforma¬ 
tive summer working on an Israeli kibbutz. He decided 
then that he would later “make aliyah” (literally, to 
ascend) to the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, 
a right granted to Jews worldwide; among other things, 
this would involve immersing himself in the culture and 
in Hebrew language study and, after becoming an Israeli 
citizen, serving in the IDF. What motivated him, he says, 
were “my faith plus 5,000 years of [Jewish] history.” 

At the College, Oren took Arabic and majored in Mid¬ 
dle East studies. He pledged Alpha Delta Phi, which he 


26 CCT Winter 2015-16 








describes as the “literary and jazz fraternity,” and joined the 
crew team not only because he enjoyed the sport but also 
because was in training, he reasoned, to serve in military. 

As an upperclassman, Oren decided to pursue a joint 
master’s program that, for a total of five years at Columbia, 
enabled him to earn an advanced degree from SIPA in 
addition to a bachelor’s. He moved into an apartment on 
Claremont Avenue with David J. Rothkopf 77, now the 
CEO and editor of the FP Group, publishers of Foreign 
Policy Magazine, and still a close friend. 

“He was serious, ambitious, an interesting, diverse guy,” 
says Rothkopf, “in some respects, the ideal combination 
of these things that Columbia, and places like Columbia, 
look for.” 

While undergraduates, Oren and Rothkopf were instru¬ 
mental in helping to start the campus television station. 
Oren also was news director of WKCR and editor of the 
yearbook, for which he interviewed Herman Wouk ’34. He 
wrote and produced plays; two were performed on campus. 
He was inspired by professors Karl-Ludwig Selig, Colum¬ 
bia’s Cervantes expert, and Wallace Gray, who famously 
taught the course “Eliot, Joyce, Pound.” 

“Selig taught me how to read a book,” Oren says. “Gray 
taught me how to write one.” He made the Dean’s List 
several times. 

Oren likes to point out that a number of his Columbia 
friends also made aliyah around the same time, in the late 70s 
and early’80s. These include Dore Gold 75, director-general 
of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former Israeli ambassador 
to the United Nations; Judy Maltz, BC’83, an Israeli jour¬ 
nalist and documentary filmmaker; and Tom Sawicki 74, 
JRN’77, director of programming in the Jerusalem office of 
the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. 

C hanging his surname was part of Oren’s accultura¬ 
tion and assimilation in Israel, where many Ameri¬ 
can emigres adopt Hebrew names. “Oren” is Hebrew for 
pine tree, which Oren describes in his memoir as recall¬ 
ing his American roots but also referring to his regenera¬ 
tion in Israel. But there was more to it than that. After 
talking with his father, Michael Scott Bornstein became 
Michael B. Oren, to retain at least part of his birth name: 
The “B” stands for Bornstein. 

Soon after earning an M.I.A., Oren moved to Israel. 
He joined the IDF and was a paratrooper in Lebanon, 
which Israel had invaded in 1982 after cross-border 
attacks by the Palestinian Liberation Movement. 

The year before, a chance meeting on a Jerusalem street 
led to his marriage to Sally Edelstein, a San Francisco 
native who was working in a frame shop and teaching 
dance in the holy city. (She is currently president of the 
Hadassah International Board of Trustees, Israel, and on 
the board of Batsheva Dance Company.) Still in the mili¬ 
tary, Oren redeployed to Beirut the day after their wedding. 

When Yoav GS’ll, the first of their three children, was 
born in 1983, Oren told the obstetrician that his son “would 
never wear a helmet” because of his own traumatic experi¬ 
ence in Lebanon, where his unit suffered heavy casualties 





and its commander was killed. “And I thought in 18 years 
we wouldn’t be at war still,” Oren says. But Yoav, now 32, 
did serve in the military; he was wounded in 2004 on the 
West Bank by a Palestinian terrorist. (Oren’s other children 
are Lia, 28, and Noam, 25.) Violence affected the family in 
another, horrific way. Oren’s wife’s sister was killed in 1995 
while visiting Israel when a Palestinian suicide bomber 
blew himself up on a bus in which she was a passenger. 

Carrying both Israeli and American passports, Oren 
easily crossed back and forth between “the Israeli-Amer¬ 
ican divide,” a not uncommon condition for many Israe¬ 
lis with roots or careers spanning both countries. Oren 
returned to the U.S. in September 1982 to complete a 
doctorate at Princeton, and to teach history. 

Oren, the scholar, wrote the 2002 best-seller Six Days of 
War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. 
Eliot A. Cohen, in Foreign Affairs , called it “a gripping 
account narrative that sheds light not only on the tortured 


Oren (fourth 
from right) with 
his crew team. 

COURTESY MICHAEL 
OREN ’77, SIPA’78 


“Oren” is Hebrew for pine tree, which not 
only recalls his American roots but also refers 
to his regeneration in Israel. 


politics of the region but on the broader, troubling ques¬ 
tion of how politicians may find themselves drawn into a 
conflict that they have neither anticipated nor desired.” 

Oren has also written two novels, one of which, 
Reunion, is based on his father’s WWII Army combat 
experience during the Battle of the Bulge. 

In 2009, Oren was teaching “America in the Middle 
East” and “The Military History of the Middle East” at 
Georgetown when the ambassadorship to the U.S. opened 
up, and he decided to throw his hat in the ring. The ambas- 


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DUAL 

IDENTITY 


sadorship “connected me to the two parts of my identity,” 
he says now. “It was the link between Israel and the United 
States. I didn’t want to be the ambassador to Switzerland.” 
His first diplomatic post was also Israel’s most important. 

To assume the post, Oren had to renounce his U.S. 
citizenship and surrender his American passport. “I 
cried, literally,” he says. However, he adds, “I understood 
it wouldn’t make me any less of an American, less of a 
football fan or less of a Civil War buff.” 

In Washington, Oren would represent not only his 
adopted country but also the Likud government of Prime 
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a controversial figure 
among American Jews. His challenge would be to walk a 
fine line, defending the government against its critics and 
against skeptics in the administration of President Barack 


Being ambassador was, Oren says, “four years in 
a pressure cooker, with very little sleep.” 


Obama ’83 while seeking to maintain good relations with 
the increasingly divided American Jewish community. 

Publicly, Oren frequendy referred to Israeli-American 
relations as “unbreakable and unshakeable.” In Ally, how¬ 
ever, Oren writes that privately he found Obama sometimes 
overly sympathetic to the Arab world while browbeating 
Israel. “I’m a centrist,” Oren said during his recent Ameri¬ 
can tour. “Enough. Let’s stop calling each other names.” 
But in his memoir, he is critical of the administration’s 
negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, and he 
discloses that he later disagreed with Netanyahu’s decision 
to address Congress as politically polarizing. 

Being ambassador was, Oren says, “four years [in] a pres¬ 
sure cooker, without a vacation, and not many weekends at 
all, with very little sleep.” Recalls his friend Halevi, “I used 
to get phone calls from Michael at 4 a.m. his time when he 
was ambassador, to just test some ideas. I used to ask him, 
‘Don’t you sleep?’ I don’t know how he got through those 
years on such little sleep and [with] such relentless ten¬ 
sions, because Michael’s job as ambassador was to pretend 
all was well in the Israeli-American relationship.” 

Oren acknowledges that “it was a transformative, chal¬ 
lenging period. The Middle East basically unraveled dur¬ 
ing my time. America was deeply politically polarized. 
There was the economic crisis. On the other hand, it was 
an inestimable privilege [to serve].” 

He remembers emerging from the White House one 
time and seeing the Washington skyline over the South 
Lawn. “I felt, ‘Am I really here?’That feeling stayed with 
me during the four years I was ambassador” (actually 414, 
as he acceded to Netanyahu’s request that he extend for 
six months). 

In Rothkopf’s view, Oren as “a strategic thinker” was 
“an extremely effective spokesman for the Israeli govern¬ 
ment. He was a very effective advocate and talented dip¬ 
lomat. He sought to advance what he saw as his country’s 
interest through a position of strength. He has had to face 


and navigate moment-to-moment political and personal 
tensions while keeping his eye on the long-term arc of 
the relationship.” 

After Oren stepped down as ambassador in October 
2013, he did not have concrete plans. But Rothkopf had 
an idea. As he recalls, “I said, ‘Look, what are you going 
to do next?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ‘What about 
politics?’ He hadn’t thought of it. I said, ‘If you don’t try, 
you won’t be satisfied. You need to check that box.’He felt 
he wanted to retain a seat at the table. That was the most 
reasonable path.” 

A typical day for the Knesset member Oren begins early 
enough for him to read four or five newspapers before he 
drives 114 hours from his home in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 
The Knesset meets in plenary sessions Mondays, Tuesdays 
and Wednesdays. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and 
last until 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., when the plenary sessions start, 
and sometimes end late into the night or early the next 
morning. “I hadn’t pulled an all-nighter since Columbia,” 
Oren says. “Now, I do it pretty regularly.” 

Entering Israeli politics on his own, Oren eschewed 
the prime minister’s conservative Likud party for centrist 
Kulanu (Hebrew for “all of us”) with a center-left domestic 
agenda but center-right on defense and international issues. 
With 10 seats, it is the second-largest party in Netanyahu’s 
governing coalition. “I always considered myself somebody 
who is center-right on security issues and center-left on 
social issues; Kulanu is closest to that,” Oren says. 

Though he chairs the key foreign affairs subcommittee 
on security, he admittedly has a lower profile as one of 120 
members of the Knesset than as ambassador. “That’s the 
pinnacle,” he says of his previous position, “and frankly 
there is really nowhere else to go.” But, of course, there 
is. Does he aspire to higher office, say, to be the prime 
minister? “I’m not going to go there,” Oren demurs. “I’m 
happy serving my country in the best way I can. That’s the 
diplomatic answer.” 

O ren’s .fall trip to the U.S. was put together by The 
Israel Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational 
organization that seeks to “inject facts and an honest 
perspective into the public conversation about Israel, the 
Middle East and U.S.-Israeli relationship.” 

At American University’s Abramson Family Recital 
Hall, Oren — who had opposed the 2003 U.S. inva¬ 
sion of Iraq — delivered a 14-hour critique of America’s 
foreign policies in the years since, which he described as 
a “hodgepodge of American reactions” to the 2011 so- 
called Arab Spring and to subsequent events, in Libya, 
Syria and the nuclear deal negotiated with Iran. He then 
settled his lanky, 6-2 frame into a leather easy chair on 
stage for a conversation with Professor Tamara Wittes, 
director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the 
Brookings Institution, followed by Q&A. Afterward, he 
lingered to talk to students. Like the politician he is, he 
also posed for pictures with them. 

Looking on, Leslie Meyers, Oren’s Israel Project facili¬ 
tator on this trip, recalled his appearance at Washington’s 


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Politics 8c Prose in June, perhaps the country’s best-known 
independent bookstore, when eager buyers formed a long 
line for him to autograph their copies. “He’s so patient,” 
Meyers says. “He talked to every person.” 

Oren’s next stop that night was the Kennedy Center, 
where he and current Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer 
were named 12th — as “the new Israel lobby”— on Polit¬ 
ico Magazines top 50 list of “thinkers, doers and visionar¬ 
ies transforming American politics in 2015.” 

A few days later, Oren was talking again, this time at 
6:50 a.m. on CNN with Chris Cuomo.The set’s backdrop 
was an enlarged cover of Ally. The two discussed escalat¬ 
ing tensions in the Middle East and the sometimes dif¬ 
ficult Israeli-American relations under President Obama, 
though Obama’s name was never mentioned. 

Oren noted that Palestinian terrorists had killed four 
Israelis within the past few days and there was a “sense 
of growing violence.” Right-wingers were demonstrating 
in front of Netanyahu’s residence demanding retaliation. 
Even Oren’s children, whom he says are not right-wing¬ 
ers, felt Israel should “do something.” 


Ever the teacher, Oren explained that Palestinians are 
Sunni Muslims who “see what’s happening in Syria,” 
where Shiites backed by Iran are killing their religious 
brethren. Palestinians “don’t want this,” he said, reiterat¬ 
ing his support for a two-state solution. “But you need 
someone to sit down at the table with you.” 

Cuomo turned the focus back to Israel and America. 
“Things have changed,” Cuomo said. “It feels different.” 

There are “serious differences,” Oren acknowledged. 
“Iran is a big one,” on which he said there is a national 
consensus in Israel that “this deal is bad. Iran moved 
5,000 soldiers into Syria last week. For us, it’s not just a 
nuclear issue.” 

Yet, politicians aside, Oren added that support for 
Israel in this country is at an all-time high. 

Cuomo wrapped up the segment reminding viewers of 
Ally , adding, “I read it.” 

Not missing a beat, Oren offered to autograph his copy. 


Eugene L. Meyer ’64 is a former longtime Washington Post 
reporter, an author and the editor o/'B’nai B’rith Magazine. 


Israeli President 
Shimon Peres 
(second from left); 
Oren (third from 
left), then the Israeli 
ambassador to 
the United States; 
and others leave 
the White House 
after meetings with 
President Barack 
Obama ’83 in 
April 2011. 

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/ 
GETTY IMAGES 


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jorum 



From Leir 
To Lear 

Shakespeare, literary architect, 
performs a gut renovation 
and creates a classic 


James Shapiro ’77 is the Larry Miller Professor of English 
and Comparative Literature and an eminent Shakespeare 
specialist: the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at New York’s 
Public Theater, a member of the Board of Directors at the 
Royal Shakespeare Company and a governor of the Folger 
Shakespeare Library. His last book (as an editor) was Shakespeare in America: An 
Anthology from the Revolution to Now (Library of America, 2014). 

Shapiro’s latestforay into the Bard’s works, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 
(Simon & Schuster, 2015), takes a radically new look at the so-familiar author. Shapiro 
admits that, like most scholars, he saw Shakespeare as mainly an Elizabethan writer; the 
playwright grew to prominence during the “Gloriana” era’s gradual decline. But three of 
Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies — King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopa¬ 
tra — were written in a single, extraordinary year early in the reign of Queen Eliza¬ 
beth’s successor, King James. James had actually named Shakespeare and his players the 
“King’s Men, ” his official theater company, by 1603. 

In The Year of Lear, Shapiro describes how Shakespeare’s Lear was written in the shad¬ 
ows ofEngland s Jacobean gloom, as London was beset by plague and the bitter aftermath of 
treason. He shows us Shakespeare’s efforts to renovate an older dramatic work (King Leir, 
performed by the Queen's Men) and the subtle literary changes he used to make it modern. 


— Rose Kernochan BC’82 


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K ing Lear draws so extensively from King Leir that 
Shakespeare’s indebtedness couldn’t have come solely 
from what he recalled from acting in it or seeing it 
staged years earlier, however prodigious his memory. 
The profusion of echoes confirms that reading the recently printed 
edition proved to be the catalyst for the play now forming in his 
mind. King Leirs survival in turn allows us a glimpse of Shake¬ 
speare as literary architect — performing a gut renovation of the 
old original, preserving the frame, salvaging bits and pieces, trans¬ 
posing outmoded features in innovative ways. 

Demand for new work was as insatiable at the public theaters 
as it was at court. Because Elizabethan and Jacobean spectators 
expected to see a different play every day, playing companies had 
to acquire as many as twenty new plays a year while rounding out 
their repertory with at least that many older and reliably popular 
ones. Attendance would eventually drop when familiar plays began 
to feel stale, and the task of breathing fresh life into those staged 
at the Globe would almost certainly have fallen to Shakespeare. 
While we know that Shakespeare wrote or collaborated on as many 
as forty plays, we’ll never know how many old ones he touched 
up. We do know (by comparing early and later versions) that he 
updated his earliest tragedy, Titus AncLronicus (c. 1590-92), adding 
a poignant new scene in which a maddened Titus tries to kill a fly 
with a knife. Some scholars believe he was also the author of the 
speeches added to that old chestnut The Spanish Tragedy (c. 1587), 
by Thomas Kyd. For all we know, over the course of his career 
Shakespeare might have refreshed dozens of his company’s plays 
in this way and was as practiced as anyone at giving a cold, hard 
look at an old favorite, recognizing what now felt a bit off or what 
trick had been missed. His ability to pinpoint what was flawed in 
the works of others was one of his greatest gifts, though not one 
we know enough about nor celebrate today. It was a talent closely 
allied to his habit of relying on the plots others had devised rather 
than inventing his own. 


Shakespeare had a talent for 
recognizing the untapped 
potential of resonant words, 
even the simplest ones. 


Before he picked up a copy of the old Leir, Shakespeare was 
already familiar with several versions of this story. He may have 
first read about Lear’s reign in his well-worn copy of Holinshed’s 
Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He had also read 
Edmund Spenser’s brief account of it in The Faerie Queene and had 
come across retellings of the tale in both Mirror for Magistrates and 
Albion's England. He might have even consulted Geoffrey of Mon¬ 
mouth’s Latin version of Lear’s story from which all these other 
versions derive. Yet scholars who have painstakingly compared 
King Lear with each of these sources conclude that as voracious a 
reader as Shakespeare was, and as much as he might have drawn 


on these and other versions of the story for particular details, it was 
King Leir that he worked most closely from — and against. 

That “against” would have been obvious to anyone who compared 
the title page of King Leir with that of the first printed version of 
Shakespeare’s play, a quarto that appeared in London’s bookstalls 
in early 1608. Ordinarily, considerably more time passed before 
Shakespeare’s playing company turned one of his plays over to a 
publisher; a delay of a couple of years was closer to the norm for his 
Elizabethan plays, and as yet not a single one of his Jacobean plays 
had been printed. So it’s doubly surprising 
that Shakespeare’s play was entered in the 
Stationers’ Register in November 1607, less 
than a year after it was staged at court. The 
full title of the 1608 quarto of Lear feels like a 
riposte to the title page of the old play, which 
had read in full: “The True Chronicle His¬ 
tory of King Leir, and his three daughters, 

Gonorill, Ragan, and Cordelia, As it hath 
been divers and sundry times lately acted.” 

This time, the publisher not only names the 
play’s author but — and this was new — 
gives England’s best-known playwright top 
billing in large font. The play is emphatically 
Shakespeare’s: “HIS” is in capital letters and 
even gets a separate line. The main title that follows is much the 
same as the old play’s: a “True Chronicle History of the life and 
death of King LEAR and his three Daughters.” It too claims to be 
the “True Chronicle History” rather than distinguishing itself, say, 
as the “True Tragedy of King Lear.” But the title page goes on to 
distinguish the new play from the old one by emphasizing that it is 
about both the lives and the deaths of Lear and his three daughters. 
It also offers more than its predecessor: a secondary plot about “the 
unfortunate life of Edgar, son and heir to the Earl of Gloucester, 
and his sullen and assumed humor of Tom of Bedlam.” It would be 
the first and last time that Shakespeare ever included a parallel plot 
or subplot in one of his tragedies. 

He needed it, because it was immediately clear that the story in 
Leir lacked counterpoint, a way to highlight Lear’s figurative blind¬ 
ness by juxtaposing it with something more literal. It would also 
enable him to critique the very notions of authority and allegiance 
at the heart of the main plot. Shakespeare’s genius was first in dis¬ 
covering the perfect foil to this story and then in almost seamlessly 
weaving it into the narrative of Lear and his daughters. He found 
it in a tale about a blinded father and his two sons, one virtuous, 
the other evil, that he had read years earlier in the most celebrated 
of Elizabethan prose romances, Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, pub¬ 
lished in 1590. Sidney’s striking image of a blind and suicidal old 
man being led to the edge of a cliff by his good son, both of whom 
appeared “weather-beaten” and in rags, had clearly stuck with 
Shakespeare. Sidney’s words had also stuck with him, especially 
what the old man tells his son as he prepared to leap to his death: 
“Since I cannot persuade thee to lead me to that which should end 
my grief, and thy trouble, let me now entreat thee to leave me... 

. Fear not the danger of my blind steps, I cannot fall worse than I 
am.” It took very few strokes for Shakespeare to make this scene 
central to his new play. In Sidney’s story, the suicidal old man had 
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bad son; it was easy enough for Shakespeare to turn him into an 
earl and a follower of King Lear, then have his evil son implicated 
in both his undoing and blinding. 

What seems inevitable in retrospect was anything but: merging 
plots from a play and a prose romance to form a double helix, firmly 
interlocked and mutually illuminating. Shakespeare also saw that 
Lear’s elder daughters could vie for Edmund’s affections while the 
good son, now named Edgar — in Sidney he eventually becomes 
king — could emerge as something of a hero. All this could replace 
the meandering and unsatisfying middle of King Leir that Shake¬ 
speare would all but scrap. It also solved a major problem of the old 
play. The anonymous author of Leir had been content to build to a 
somewhat wooden reconciliation scene between father and daugh¬ 
ter, one that failed to pack much emotional punch. Shakespeare’s 
Lear would substitute for that not one but two powerful recogni¬ 
tion scenes, the first between Lear and Cordelia, the second, soon 
after, where the two plots converge, between the mad Lear and 
the blind Gloucester. It’s debatable which of the two is the most 
heartbreaking scene in the play. 

As Lear’s division of the kingdoms spills into a psychologically 
complex drama of two families, motives become more compli¬ 
cated and unsettled. Does Lear go mad because he has foolishly 
divided his kingdoms or because of his ruinous relationship with 
his daughters? It’s impossible to tell, because in scene after scene 
the political, the familial, and ultimately the cosmic are so deeply 
interfused. The fortunate survival of Leir enables us to see the sheer 
craftsmanship involved in all this. Yet it also needs to be acknowl¬ 
edged that Shakespeare didn’t always get the parts to fit together 
quite so neatly. As keen as he was to work in that image of a suicidal 
man led by his son to the edge of a cliff, audiences have wondered 
ever since why Edgar, disguised at this point as Poor Tom, doesn’t 
simply reveal himself to Gloucester (the excuse that Shakespeare 
gives Edgar, that he is trying to cure his father by putting him 
through all this, feels lame). And the French invasion of England, 
so central to Leir, sits uneasily in Shakespeare’s version, a part of 
the old play that he did his best to integrate but that ends up feel¬ 
ing confused and confusing. He himself— or if not him, members 
of his company — would go back and tinker with the problematic 
invasion, though with only partial success. 


Rather than rely entirely on his own considerable vocabulary, 
Shakespeare somewhat surprisingly recycled what he could from 
the language of the old play. He had a talent for recognizing the 
untapped potential of resonant words, even the simplest ones. Take 
“nothing.” The word appears often in Leir, even as part of a raun¬ 
chy joke (Gonorill and Ragan laugh about women getting stuck 
with a man “with nothing” — that is, one who is castrated, so has 
no “thing” [2.3.22-23]). But it is never used with any particular 
emphasis in that old play, not even when the French king asks 
Cordelia whether Leir has “given nothing to your lovely self?” and 
she pointedly replies, “He loved me not, and therefore gave me 
nothing” (2.4.71). Each Shakespeare play has its own distinctive 
music and, not unlike a symphony, its themes are established at 
the outset. At an early stage of recasting the old play, Shakespeare 
seems to have decided that “nothing” would be the motif of Lears 
score. The first time we hear the word is after Lear demands of 
Cordelia what she “can say to win a third more opulent” than her 
sisters, to which she replies: “Nothing, my lord.” Lear, stunned by 
her response, hurls the word back at her: “How? Nothing can come 
of nothing” (1.78-81). This first “nothing” takes on a life of its own, 
reverberating with greater force from then on, punctuated by this 
pointed exchange between Lear and his Fool: 

LEAR. This is nothing, fool. 

FOOL. Then, like the breath of an unfee’d lawyer, you gave me 

nothingfor’t. Can you make no use of nothing, unde? 

LEAR. Why no, boy. Nothing can be made out of nothing. 

(4.122-26) 

Shakespeare would also, and brilliandy, use “nothing” to suture 
together the Lear and Gloucester plots. Even as Cordelia’s initial 
response to her father are the words “Nothing, my lord,” so too, in his 
first exchange with his father, Edmund, when asked by Gloucester 
about the contents of the letter he has hastily hidden, replies, chill¬ 
ingly, with the very same words: “Nothing, my lord” (2.31). 

In Shakespeare’s hands “nothing” becomes a touchstone — and the 
idea of nothingness and negation is philosophically central to the play 
from start to finish. Cruelly, by play’s end Lear turns out to be right: 
nothing does indeed come of nothing, only not in the way he first 
meant. Early on in imagining his version of Lear’s journey, Shake¬ 
speare saw that what began with that first “nothing” must end with 
Lear left with nothing, except, perhaps, the knowledge that his dead 
and beloved daughter will never return 

— “never, never, never” (24.303). In the 
interim the words “never” and “nothing” 
recur more than thirty times, the word 
“no” more than 120, and “not” twice 
that often. The negativity is reinforced 
by the sixty or so times the prefix “un-’ : 
occurs, as characters are “unfriended,” 

“unprized,” “unfortunate,” “unmannerly,” “unnatural,” and “unmerciful.” 
Call it what you will — resistance, refusal, denial, rejection, repudiation 

— this insistent and almost apocalyptic negativity becomes a recurring 
dmmbeat, the bass line of the play. 


From THE YEAR OF LEAR by James Shapiro. Copyright © 2015 
by James Shapiro. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, 
Inc. All rights reserved. 


CCT Web Extras 

To read a Q&A with Shapiro 
about The Year of Lear, go to 

college.columbia.edu/cct. 


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alumni news 



FORTHE-ADVAMCEMENT- OF 

NATURAL- SCIENCE 

' "SPEAK TO THE EARTH 
AND rr SHALL TEACH THEE'* 


SCHERMERHORN 


Contents 


34 CCAA 
Message 


35 Alumni in 
the News 


36 Lions 

Lea Goldman ’98 
Dick Wagner ’54 
Judah Cohen’85 


40 Bookshelf 

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle 
for Broadway 
by Michael Riedel ’89 


42 Class Notes 


77 Obituaries 


80 Core Quiz 


EARTH TONES 

Schermerhorn Hall was 
built in 1897 as the home 
of Columbia’s natural sci¬ 
ences. Designed by famed 
architectural firm McKim, 
Mead & White, the building 
is known for its inscription 
above the doorway, which 
reads“For the advance¬ 
ment of natural science. 
Speak to the earth and it 
shall teach thee.” 

The building is a gift 
from former trustees chair 
William C. Schermerhorn 
(Class of 1840), who 
encouraged Columbia’s 
move to Morningside 
Heights from its former 
location in midtown. The 
gift: $300,000 for a build¬ 
ing of whatever purpose 
the University saw fit. 


Winter 2015-16 CCT 33 






























































F or those who weren’t at Homecoming this year, let me 
paint a scene: 

I drove to Robert K. Kraft Field from Boston that morn¬ 
ing. It promised to be a great day — cool, crisp weather and, 
just as important, no traffic (or tickets) during the three-hour trip. 
The Big Tent hummed with the comings and goings of hundreds 
of people — alumni, students and their families, many wearing an 
impressively diverse array of Columbia gear. Hellos were called out, 
lunch plates were heaped full with barbecue sandwiches, pasta salad 
and corn on the cob. Outside the tent, the youngest attendees tested 
their skill at a variety of games at the Homecoming Carnival. It wasn’t 
long before I found my brother Eric Wolf’86, his son, Adam, and my 
former roommate Rob Daniel ’88. Our gathering quickly turned into 
a mini-Carman 9 reunion including Houston’s Sean Wright ’88 and 
Long Island’s Rich Ritter’88. 

Around the inside perimeter of the tent, shared interest groups 
manned tables to spread the word about their activities. Among these 
was our Columbia College Alumni Association table, laden with 
stuffed lions, our proud mascot. The lions sported spirited shirts — 
navy with our new CCAA logo — and they were as popular as ever. 
Kids clamored for them. Students pocketed them, literally, turning 
them into accessories that stuck out of back pockets and shirt pockets 
and even shirt collars. And then there were the alumni: Some took a 
lion without hesitation; others felt compelled to offer an explanation 
for why they wanted the little guy. There were even a few embarrassed- 
seeming outliers who circled the tent, coming closer to our table with 
each pass, until finally they asked for one (or two). 

But there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. That’s CC Pride. 
And it’s not limited to Homecoming. It’s here to stay. 

Columbia College is having a great moment and it is hard not 
to notice. Admissions applications are at an all-time high, and 
Columbia occupies a lofty perch in those ubiquitous college and 
university rankings. Beyond those numbers, however, I feel the 
buzz and see the signs of Columbia Pride in many places, from my 
Class of ’88 Facebook group with its streams of Columbia celebra¬ 
tion postings, to being asked in response to my garb, “Did you also 
go to Columbia?” Reunions have had record attendance in recent 
years, gatherings of College alumni both formal and informal are 
springing up all over the world with increasing frequency and the 
online social scene is growing by leaps and bounds. 

Dean James J. Valentini likes to say we are the greatest college 
in the greatest university in the greatest city in the world, and the 


Columbia College nation is embracing that. 

The CCAA numbers tell the story, with 150 
meetings, programs and events expected dur¬ 
ing the 2015-16 academic year. More than 
8,000 alumni participated in an event or pro¬ 
gram last year, with 3,500 involved as active 
volunteers. We have a bit more than 7,200 Facebook likes, which 
does not include the many Columbia-based affiliate groups online. 
We have also almost doubled the number of unique visitors to our 
website (college.columbia.edu/alumni) in the past year. 

Columbia Pride has grown not only within the alumni base but 
also among students. A visit to campus finds students awash in Col¬ 
lege colors. I hear from parents that their students rave about the 
Columbia experience. Recently, a friend’s son questioned whether 
to apply but after connecting with a current student for an over¬ 
night stay, he immediately submitted an early decision application. 

We should all take great pride in the accomplishments and con¬ 
tributions of our current and former students. There was a great 
turnout at Valentini’s College session during Alumni Leaders 
Weekend in October, where Mike Cook ’65 was presented the 
President’s Cup for his tireless work on his class’ hugely success¬ 
ful 50th reunion. Session attendees also heard from Yvonne Hsiao 
T6, who spoke about her summer experience in California working 
with the International Medical Corps — an opportunity offered 
by the Columbia College Alumni-Sponsored Student Intern¬ 
ship Program — provided by Margaret Traub ’88, head of IMC’s 
Global Initiatives. And there were opportunities to interact with 
more than a dozen current students from a range of majors and 
backgrounds, each one already extremely accomplished, and it was 
clear that the alumni who attended were impressed. 

As part of the CCAA Pride campaign, we are hoping to build 
on this excitement (and have some fun) with our CCAA lion. If 
you picked up a lion at Homecoming, please take it with you on 
your adventures and send us photos. Feel free to include yourself 
or your family in the photos. Please send them to us via Face- 
book’s Messenger feature (facebook.com/alumnicc), post them on 
your own page or group pages and use the hashtag #CCPride or 
email them to the Alumni Office: ccalumni@columbia.edu. If you 
don’t yet have a lion, never fear; they will be available at upcoming 
CCAA events. 

ROAR, LION, ROAR! 


Left to right: 

Doug Wolf ’88 and 
Rob Daniel ’88; 
Justin Ifill ’06 and 
Christine Ortiz ’08 


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Alumni in the News 


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Dan Dolgin 74, LAW’77 was honored 
by Community Impact at its Fall 2015 
Gala Benefit Auction with the Outstand¬ 
ing Community Service Award. Dolgin is 
the director and co-founder of Power My 
Learning, a national nonprofit that uses 
technology to improve student achievement 
with a focus on blended learning, profes¬ 
sional development and family engagement. 

School of the Arts associate professor of 
the professional practice of film Ramin 
Bahrani ’96 won the grand prize at 
the American Film Festival in Deau¬ 
ville, France, for his film 99 Homes. The 
psychological thriller, which debuted on 
September 25, is centered around the 
U.S. subprime mortgage crisis and stars 
Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. 

Jacob Marx Rice ’12 s play Coping, a 
black comedy about suicide, mental illness, 
love and family, premiered at the New York 
International Fringe Festival on August 



16. At the 2014 Fringe Festival Rice won 
the Excellence in Playwriting Award for 
his show Chemistry. The Coping production 
team included Alex Donnelly T4, Allie 
Carieri T5 and Fernanda Douglas T6. 

On September 30, former U.S. Attorney 
General Eric H. Holder Jr. 73, LAW’76 
received Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois 
Medal, the school’s highest honor in the 
field of African and African-American 
studies. The award is given to individuals 
who have made extraordinary contribu¬ 
tions to African-American culture. 



Actress and model Hari Nef T5 has bro¬ 
ken new ground on the runway, becoming 
in May the first openly transgender model 
to be signed by the U.S. offices of model¬ 
ing agency IMG Worldwide. In July it 
was announced that she would join the 
cast of Transparent , an Amazon series that 
focuses on a family with a transgender 
parent. The second season, featuring Nef, 
was set to debut on December 4. 

Chris Baio ’07 of the popular band 
Vampire Weekend (whose other mem¬ 
bers are Ezra Koenig ’06, Rostam 
Batmanglij ’06 and Chris Tomson ’06) 

released his debut solo album, The Names, 
on September 18. Baio’s press release, 
which appeared in Spin magazine, said 
the project “has reverberated through my 
mind for much of the last five years ... Its 
themes began to take shape when I moved 
from New York to London in 2013.’’The 
album’s first single, “Brainwash yyrr Face,” 
reached No. 28 on the Billboard Twitter 
Emerging Artists chart. 

Richard Ravitch ’55 was inducted into 
Crains Hall of Fame 2015, which honors 
those who have had decades of business 
and civic leadership success. In a profile that 
accompanied the announcement, Ravitch 
said, “I was able to accomplish what I did 
because there are two things I understand 
well: finance and politics. I could always 
explain politics to the business world, and 
business to the political world.” 


Brian Dennehy ’60 starred in the 10-part 
TNT drama Public Morals, which is set in 
1967 and focuses on the NYPD’s Public 
Morals Division. The Golden Globe and 
two-time Tony winner played a mobster 
who controls the west side of Manhattan. 

Journalists Jodi Kantor ’96 and David 
Streitfeld coauthored “Inside Amazon: 
Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Work¬ 
place,” a New York Times expose on the 
inner workings of Amazon and its gruel¬ 
ing corporate culture. The piece, which 
was published on August 16, caused 
controversy when Amazon disputed 
its representation in the article; it also 
sparked wider debate about workplace 
practices in the tech industry. 

• Thomas Dyja ’84’s book, The Third Coast: 
When Chicago Built the American Dream, 
was selected by the Chicago Public 
Library as the focus of its semi-annual 
“One Book, One Chicago” program. 

This latest installment of the program — 

\ which encourages all Chicagoans to read 
the same work with the goal of fostering 





community and a book club-like atmo¬ 
sphere throughout the city — began in 
October and will continue through April. 
The Chicago Tribune calls Dyja’s work 
“a beautifully written exploration of the 
cultural explosion that took place [in Chi¬ 
cago] roughly between the end of World 
War II into the 1960s ... ”. 

— Anne-Ryan Heatwole JRN’09 


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Lea Goldman ’98 Is a Shot-caller 
Among Shot-callers 


By Lauren Steussy 

hen Lea Goldman ’98 joined Marie Claire in 2008, 
there seemed to be a running cliche in women’s 
magazines: a credit card frozen in a block of ice. 

The symbolism was used in advice columns and 
articles, and sometimes in illustrations for those columns and arti¬ 
cles. It spoke to the narrow and increasingly outdated notion that 
women couldn’t make their own decisions, financial or otherwise 
— a concept proven wrong not only by the women reading the 
magazines but also by Goldman herself. 

“It was never the real stuff happening at work,” Goldman, now 
Marie Claires co-executive editor, says over lunch in the magazine’s 
Midtown headquarters. “Questions like 1 just got a job offer. Am I 
just supposed to take the offer and be grateful?’ Or ‘How should I 
ask for more money?’There were real questions people had — that 
I had, too — about work that were not acknowledged.” 

Goldman’s answer to those questions was a section she started in 
the magazine in 2011 called “@Work,” about empowered women 


and their professional lives. It’s filled with profiles, advice and the 
ever-elusive definition of “business casual” fashion. 

As a writer, editor, and television and web personality living 
in New Jersey with her husband and two young sons, Goldman 
embodies the values reflected in the section’s pages. She’s auda¬ 
cious, stylish and unabashedly successful. 

“I have passions outside the office,” she says, “but my work is very 
important to me. I network my face off and love it. I’m trying to 
be as versatile as I see a lot of these women in the magazine are.” 

Prior to joining Marie Claire as features and special projects edi¬ 
tor, Goldman was hired at Forbes magazine straight out of Colum¬ 
bia and worked her way up to senior editor. Along the way, she 
covered finance, wealth and entertainment, and compiled some of 
the magazine’s “Top 100” valuation lists. 

Goldman studied literature at the College but admits she was 
more involved in extracurriculars, like student council, and was an 
RA. She co-founded the now highly anticipated annual Bacchanal 



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festival, introducing to the stage a rapper you may have heard of 
named Busta Rhymes and a little band called Sonic Youth. 

At Marie Claire, in addition to launching the @Work section, 
Goldman edited the magazine’s first column for plus-sized women. 
As a writer, she authored an expose, “The Big Business of Breast 
Cancer,” which won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice 
Journalism. This spring, she’ll appear regularly as an expert in a 
still-to-be-named reality TV show premiering on Oxygen about 
women entrepreneurs. As someone who believes that women 
should “toot their own horns,” Goldman is not shy about the grit 
required to achieve these feats. 

“She is just so tough,” said Dennis Kneale, Goldman’s colleague 
at Forbes and now a media consultant. “She eats roofing nails for 
breakfast... yet at the same time, she’s delightfully sardonic, she has 
such a sense of the absurd and she’s driven for high performance.” 

Kneale, who was Forbes’ managing editor at the time Goldman 
worked there, recalls Goldman’s decision to put rapper 50 Cent on 
the magazine’s celebrity issue cover in 2004. Goldman recognized 
that the choice to feature him was edgy and captivating. “It scared 
the bejabbers out of our readers, but that was genius: taking some¬ 
thing that was a culture story but realizing it was a finance story.” 

Aside from writing and editing, Goldman is constantly looking for 
partnerships, knowing that “in this media world we live in now ... you 
have to wear many hats.” In 2013, after Goldman’s profile of NFL 
lawyer Anastasia Danias was published, Goldman helped launch a 
partnership with the league that would include the magazine running 


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a 16-page spread on women sports fans. “No other women’s maga¬ 
zines were talking about the fact that on Monday morning, women 
were gathering and talking about ‘the game,”’ she says. The league then 
added more clothing offerings for women and the magazine contin¬ 
ued to devote more real estate to sports and fandom. 

“What I love about Marie Claire, what speaks to me about the mag¬ 
azine, is that modem women can be as interested in fashion as they 
are about what’s happening in Europe right now, or the immigration 
crisis, or the presidential debates,” 

Goldman says. “For a long time, 
if you read women’s magazines, 
there was that tacit assumption 
that you weren’t reading The Wall 
Street Journal.” 

As a result of her resourceful¬ 
ness and eye toward the modern 
woman, Goldman rarely reads of 
credit cards in ice blocks but fre¬ 
quently of women who have long broken through glass ceilings and 
are ready to “rule the world,” she says. “What I’m most fascinated 
with is that I get to chronicle a revolution.” 

Lauren Steussy covers Staten Island art and culture for the Staten 
Island Advance. Her last profile for CCT was on The Two Man 
Gentleman Band (Summer 2015). Her work has also appeared in San 
Diego Magazine and The Orange County Register. 


CCT Web Extras 

To read some of Goldman’s 
articles, including her award¬ 
winning piece on the breast 
cancer industry and a Spectator 
piece on the first Bacchanal, 
go to college.coiumbia.edu/cct. 


Dick Wagner ’54 Takes Hands-on 
Approach to Maritime History 


By Michael R. Shea SOA’lO 



W alking the shore of Seattle’s Lake Union in the 
late 1960s, Dick Wagner ’54 and his wife, Colleen, 
noticed a change on the waterfront. The fiberglass 
revolution had hit boat building, and longtime mak¬ 
ers of classic wooden craft were closing up shop. 

Back on their houseboat, with their own collection of a dozen 
small wooden sailboats tied to the stern, the couple decided to act. 
They hung a sign, “The Old Boat House,” on the dock, and began 
renting their little fleet to all comers. With that, a new kind of 
hands-on maritime museum was born. 

“Before the summer was over, three newspapers and three TV sta¬ 
tions interviewed me, and everyone and their pet pig knew this was 
a place to learn about sailing and to have a lot of fun,” Wagner says. 

Today, The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is an interactive 
museum and education center on Lake Union. A nonprofit since 
1976, it has worked with more than 60 communities around the 
world to promote the art and history of sailing and of wooden 
boat building. St. Petersburg, Russia; Alexandria, Va.; Fogo Island, 
Newfoundland; Provo, Utah; Coos Bay, Ore.; Sausalito, Calif., and 
Kalispell, Mont., all have similar sailing education centers, started 
under the tutelage of the Wagners. 


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“We provide a direct, hands-on educational experience,”Wagner 
says. “Learning to sail is like learning to ride a bike or learning to 
drive. It’s not an education by laptop or lectern. You learn naturally, 
by watching and doing.” 

An architect by training, Wagner studied history at the College 
and credits art and architecture professor George R. Collins for first 
exposing him to hands-on education. “His assignments were to go 
around New York, to look at buildings, to talk to architects,’’Wagner 
recalls. “I’d walk up and down the avenues, discovering art, talking 
with people about buildings, writing architects with questions.” 

While at the Yale School of Architecture, where he earned a mas¬ 
ter’s in 1958, Wagner interned one summer for a Seatde firm. The 
New Jersey native had never been west of the Delaware River. “I fell 
in love with Seatde,” he says. After another summer internship, he 
moved to Lake Union, and fell in love again, with Colleen. Around 
that same time, Wagner’s work took him to Puget Sound. On the dock 
he watched a man struggling with the mast of an old wooden sailboat. 
Wagner offered to help, and in time learned to sail himself. “He was 
one of these guys who didn’t say much,” Wagner recalls. “He had me 
watch, then pointed out a thing or two to do. I wish I remembered his 
name.” The friendship was brief, but Wagner learned much and was 
soon studying books on sailing and boat building. 

After Wagner’s marriage to Colleen, the couple traveled the 
world together by sea, hitching passage on a Dutch olive oil tanker 
and Grecian passenger ships, and worked for four months on an 
archeology dig in Masada, Israel. 

On their return in 1968, the Wagners began teaching s ailin g 
and renting out wooden boats. They soon saw their future in com¬ 
munity-based teaching. Wagner continued contract architect work, 
but dedicated much of his time to educating locals and tourists 
about catboats and Marconi rigged sloops. 

“More work than you can imagine goes into a wooden boat, a 
boat that’s seaworthy and beautiful,” Wagner says. “The steaming 
of wood and making of perfect joints, the bronze fastenings. These 
aren’t craftsmen cutting pieces of soap, and in the late 1960s it was 
only being done in parts of Maine and on our little lake in Seattle.” 

The center’s sites — two on Lake Union, one on Camano Island 
in nearby Puget Sound — receive more than 100,000 visitors a year. 
CWB is poised to break ground on a fourth site on Lake Union 



Colleen and Dick Wagner ’54 in CWB’s early days. 


in early 2016, the Wagner Education Center, which will provide 
learning opportunities for more than 5,000 children annually. 

“Dick has this indefatigable imagination but what makes it spe¬ 
cial is it’s always in service of the community,” says Caren Crandall, 
CWB’s first assistant director and now a professor at the University of 
Washington. “Before the center, South Lake Union was a rather stark 
industrial place, and now it’s home to museums, restaurants, a city park, 
public water access. In 30-plus years it’s been completely transformed, 
and Dick’s vision showed people how that was possible.” 

At CWB, preschoolers can listen to maritime tales aboard heri¬ 
tage vessels. Elementary school students can build toy boats with 
hand tools. Middle schoolers and high schoolers can construct 
replica boats and learn to sail them. There are programs for the 
physically disabled, including sailing instruction for the wheel¬ 
chair-bound, the deaf and the blind. Many of CWB’s workshops 
and programs are focused on disadvantaged and underserved youth 
who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the waterfront. 

“Were thrilled to see people of all ages learning something,” Wag¬ 
ner says. “It’s changed many lives, and I couldn’t be happier about it.” 


Michael R. Shea SOA’IO is a freelance writer based in Ithaca, NY. His 
work regularly appears in Field & Stream and a variety of other outdoor 
publications. Visit michaelrshea.com or find him @michaelrshea. 


Reading the Snowflakes, 

Judah Cohen ’85 Calls the Weather 


By Kim Martineau JRN’97 

J udah Cohen ’85, GSAS ’94 saw the return of the polar vortex 
before anyone else. Months before repeated snowstorms hit 
New York and Boston in 2014, he warned that the northeast¬ 
ern United States was in for an “active and interesting” winter. 
A commercial weather and climate analyst in Boston, Cohen has 
called three of the last four winters correctly, and his long-range 
forecasts have hit the mark 75 percent of the time, an astoundingly 
good record in a field notorious for its bad calls. 


“It’s incredibly satisfying to be right,” he says. “It almost feels like 
having super powers.” 

Cohen’s approach is unique. In mid-November, he looks at how 
much snow accumulated in Siberia the month before to predict 
how cold and snowy the eastern United States and Europe will 
be come January. By contrast, most of his peers look south to the 
tropics and use dynamical models to predict how the El Nino- 
Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and other dominant climate pat- 


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terns will evolve. Cohens outlooks often best the National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration and other government agencies, 
j “He’s a master at sensing and feeling out special patterns, 

especially this one,” says his former Ph.D. adviser, David Rind 
GSAS’76, an emeritus researcher at the NASA Goddard Institute 
for Space Studies (GISS). 

[. As Cohen explains it, when snow cover in Siberia is heavier than 

usual, a dome of cold and dense air forms over the ground, forcing the 
jet stream north and sending strong atmospheric waves high into the 
stratosphere. The polar vortex breaks down, spilling frigid air over the 
Arctic into North America and westward into Europe. 

Though his hypothesis has yet to be fully validated by dynami¬ 
cal models — considered the bible of modern forecasting — the 
media has embraced it. “Judah Cohen’s winter forecasts have a stel¬ 
lar track record,” says Jason Samenow, weather editor for The Wash¬ 
ington Post. “His methodologies, while still needing to stand the 
test of time, show tremendous promise.” 

Cohen grew up with his eyes on the weather. At the ocean’s edge, 
in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, he noticed thunderstorms were more 
[■ common and coastal storms often brought more snow than to other 

parts of New York City. The eldest son of an ice cream distributor 
and computer programmer, he arrived at Columbia knowing he 
wanted to study the weather. 

[ Though Columbia did not offer meteorology classes, it did pro¬ 

vide access to some of the best minds in climate science, at GISS. 
Located above Tom’s Restaurant, where it remains, GISS ran its 
climate models on an IBM computer that filled an entire floor. 
I Cohen shared an office with two other work-study students. 



Meteorologist Marshall Shepherd (left) had Judah Cohen ’85, GSAS’94 on his 
Weather Channel show, Weather Geeks, on November 3 to give his long-range 
winter forecast. 

After graduating with a degree in geology, he set out for the Uni¬ 
versity of Washington and a Ph.D. in meteorology but left after one 
semester. He wasn’t interested in his assigned master’s topic, fog in the 
Los Angeles basin. Snow was his passion. Back at Columbia, on his 
way toward a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, he first noticed that snow 
created problems when inserted into climate prediction models. Thick 
or thin, snow cover seemed to have no effect on the predicted weather. 

To anyone familiar with real-world weather, including the professors 
evaluating Cohen’s master’s thesis, this seemed absurd. Splitting with 


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his advisers at GISS, the observational scientists at Lamont-Doherty 
Earth Observatory flunked him. Mark Cane, the Lamont scientist 
who built the first model predicting an El Nino event, was called in to 
break the tie. “It was like the Roman Colosseum,” Cohen remembers. 
“Cane was going to decide — thumbs up or thumbs down.” 

Spared from the lions that day, Cohen vowed to work harder 
and question the models. “It bred in him a need to rely more on 
observations,” says Rind. 

On a cold day in December 1994, Cohen passed his Ph.D. 
defense, a mug of snow by his side for good luck. He was married 


“It’s incredibly satisfying 
to be right It almost feels like 
having superpowers.” 


by then to Sherri Rabinovitz BC’91, a psychology major he met on 
the bus ride home from a Washington, D.C., rally to support Jews 
trying to flee the Soviet Union. They moved to Boston, and Cohen 
started a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. 

At the encouragement of his adviser, he added snow cover on 
land to his climate models and came to favor Arctic snow over 
ENSO as the lead predictor of winter weather. “It was complete 
blasphemy,” he says. “I’d go on job interviews and people would 
lecture me on how wrong I was.” 

Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a commercial 
weather firm in Lexington, Mass., hired him as a staff scientist in 
1998 and promoted him to director of seasonal forecasting seven 
years later. Now living in Newton, he and his wife have a daughter, 
Gabriella BC’18, and twin 17-year old sons, Jordan and Jonathon. 

After a string of snowy winters, Cohen in late December 2010 
penned an Op-Ed in The New York Times, “Bundle Up, It’s Global 
Warming.” He explained that the extreme cold in the United States 
and Europe was not at odds with human-caused global warming. 
The rapid loss of Arctic sea ice in 
summer, he argued, exposed more 
open water to the atmosphere, 
with the added moisture feeding 
snow over Eurasia. A blizzard 
struck New York that day. The 
phone rang steadily after. 

For the last four years, Cohen 
has provided the winter and 
summer outlooks on Boston’s 
ABC affiliate. After his prescience last year, when Boston was bur¬ 
ied under a winter seasonal-record 110.6 inches of snow, The Boston 
Globe chose to feature him and his science under the headline, “The 
person happiest about all this snow.” 

The validation still feels sweet after what he calls “the roller¬ 
coaster” of the last 20 years. 

“I am very proud of all those correct forecasts,” he says. 

Kim Martineau JRN’97 heads communications at Columbia’s Data 
Science Institute. 


CCT Web Extras 

To watch an Interview show Cohen 
did for The Weather Channel as 
well as an interview with Harvey 
Leonard, chief meteorologist for 
Boston’s local ABC affiliate, go to 
college.columbia.edu/cct. 


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Razzle Dazzle Raises the Curtain 

On Broadway’s History 

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^1 (Simon & Schuster, $27). Want to know about the hidden 
apartments above some of Times Squares most desirable theaters? 
Or how a stuck curtain in rehearsals led to 42ndStreet'% iconic open¬ 
ing tap number? Riedel reveals Broadway’s secrets in this behind- 
the-scenes history of theater and its impact on New York City. 

Writer of the New York Post's theater column since 1998, and with 
five years covering theater for The Daily News before that, Riedel 
is well positioned to take on 
his subject. He supplements his 
insider knowledge with thorough 
research, including interviews 
with some of Broadways big¬ 
gest names — among them, The 
Shubert Organization chairman 
Philip J. Smith; chorographer, 
performer and director Tommy 
Tune; composer Andrew Lloyd 
Webber; and lyricist Tim Rice. 

Riedel became immersed in the 
theater world shortly after gradu¬ 
ation, when he was hired as the 
managing editor of TheaterWeek 
magazine. He enlisted critic, 
playwright and former Colum¬ 
bia theater professor Eric Bent¬ 
ley as a contributor, and soon 
after took Bentley up on his 
offer to rent a room in his Riv¬ 
erside Drive apartment. Riedel says that the next two years were 
“like going to graduate school with the most brilliant professor you 
can imagine. I’d have dinner with him two or three nights per week, 
and we’d talk about Brecht, Shaw, Shakespeare. He had a massive 
library, and everything he talked about I could go read.” 

That specialist knowledge is peppered throughout Razzle Dazzle. 
The book traces the highs and lows of NYC theater, from the Great 
Depression to the golden age of musicals in the ’50s and ’60s, the 



rebirth into a billion-dollar 
industry. It also demonstrates how deeply Broadway’s and the city’s 
fortunes are intertwined, beginning with the story of how the Shu¬ 
bert brothers (Sam, Lee and J.J.) founded their theater empire at 
the turn of the 20th century. 

“I didn’t want to write a book that was just a little theater book,” 
says Riedel. “I needed a broader stage. The book works because all 
these shenanigans, all the gossip, the friendships and betrayals, the 
back-stabbing and in-fighting, the triumphs and failures — all that 
is taking place in front of this much larger story of New York City 
collapsing, and how the city revitalized itself.” 

Riedel gives special focus to Bernard Jacobs LAW’40 and 
Gerald Schoenfeld, the former heads of The Shubert Organiza¬ 
tion, and their work to revitalize the derelict Times Square area 
in the ’70s and ’80s. The pair, he reports, were brought into the 
company as attorneys for the Shubert brothers in the mid-’50s 
and in 1972 ousted Shubert heir Larry Shubert when his drink¬ 
ing and poor money management were driving the organization 
into bankruptcy. They then went on a mission to reinvigorate the 
company, moving from being just landlords of 17 Shubert-owned 
Times Square theaters to producing shows and seeking new works 
in which to invest. 

The book has its share of juicy stories as well, such as how director 
and choreographer Michael Bennett ( Dreamgirls ) and his protege 
Tune (Nine) feuded behind the scenes of the 1982 Tony Awards as 
their shows competed for the Best Musical prize. It describes how 
Cats went from being deemed, according to creator Webber, “a daft 
idea of doing a musical based on a book of poems about cats” that 
struggled to get funding to a global phenomenon. And it portrays 
producer David Merrick as a larger-than-life character, with one 
account detailing how he tricked investors into selling him back the 
rights to 42nd Street when he realized it would be a hit. 

“I was blessed by the fact that it’s a book about theater people 
and they are, by nature, theatrical and intensely colorful, and they 
speak in dramatic and captivating ways,” says Riedel. “The joy of 
doing the book was that I got to spend a lot of time with these 
wonderful characters.” 


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Pure Act: The Uncommon Life 
of Robert Lax [’38] by MichaelN. 
McGregor SOA’97. Lax, an experimental 
poet, is known in the United States 
mainly as the best friend of Trappist 
monk Thomas Merton ’38. But this sin¬ 
gular man — whose life as an artist and 
spiritual seeker took him from the halls 
of The New Yorker , into the company of a 
traveling circus, to a remote Greek island 
— warrants attention in his own right 
(Fordham University Press, $34.95). 

Freedom and the Self: Essays on the 
Philosophy of David Foster Wallace 

edited by Steven M. Cahn ’63 and Mau¬ 
reen Eckert. “Leaning how to think really 
means learning how to exercise some 
control over how and what you think.” So 
said Wallace in his seminal 2005 speech 
to the graduates of Kenyon College. 

In this book, scholars examine the late 
writer’s abiding concern for the impor¬ 
tance of free choice, and other themes 
(Columbia University Press, $25). 

Down in Laos: Heroism & Inspira¬ 
tion During the Vietnam War by 

Francis J. Partel Jr. ’63. This fictional 
action-thriller follows what happens 
when a downed Navy pilot becomes 
a prisoner of the Pathet Laos. The 
author, himself a Navy veteran, draws 
on research as well as his own experi¬ 
ence in the Gulf of Tonkin to render 
the story in vivid and historically accu¬ 
rate detail (Navy Log Books, $29.95). 

Against Time: Letters from Nazi 
Germany, 1938-1939 by Francis W. 
Hoeber ’65. Johannes Hober left Nazi 


Germany for America on November 12, 
1938; his wife and 9-year-old daughter 
followed the next September. This col¬ 
lection of 135 letters, discovered by their 
son — author Hoeber — chronicles the 
couple’s separation and acclimation to a 
new country (American Philosophical 
Society Press, $37). 

Sinatra’s Century: One 
Hundred Notes on the Man 
and His World by David Lehman ’70. 
Rediscover “Old Blue Eyes” through 
the eyes of another — lifetime fan and 
prominent poet Lehman. In celebra¬ 
tion of what would have been Sinatra’s 
100th birthday this December, the 
author offers reflections on the enter¬ 
tainer’s career in music and movies; his 
relationships, both romantic and Rat 
Packian; and his signature style and 
influence (HarperCollins, $24.99). 

Two Men Fighting in a Landscape 

by Bill Christophersen '71. An imagined 
debate with Robert Frost is among the 
entries in this poetry collection from 
the Pushcart Prize-nominated Chris¬ 
tophersen. The 50-plus works toggle 
between experimental sonnets, free 
verse and traditional forms (Aldrich 
Press, $17). 

Heal Your Hips: How to Prevent 
Hip Surgery and What to Do if 
You Need It by Dr. Robert Klapper 
’79 and Lynda Fluey. Klapper, chief of 
orthopedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai 
Medical Group in Los Angeles, and 
his co-author offer this second edi¬ 
tion of their 1999 health and fitness 


guide. This updated version includes 
fundamental concepts from the 
original as well as breakthroughs in the 
orthopedic field (Turner Publishing 
Co., $17.95). 

© Cast of Characters: Wolcott 
Gibbs, E. B. White, James 
Thurber, and the Golden Age 
of The New Yorker by Thomas 
Vinciguerra ’85. Founded in 1925, The 
New Yorker came into its own in the 
period between the Jazz Age and the 
end of WWII. Vinciguerra chronicles 
how the eponymous trio, described by 
founding editor Harold Ross as his 
staff “geniuses,’’and their colleagues 
shaped the magazine’s unique style 
(W.W. Norton 8c Co., $27.95). 

Spectacles of Themselves: Essays 
in Italian American Popular Culture 
and Literature by George Guida ’89. 
What can a study of the dialect in 
Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas tell us 
about the characters and their world? 
How did singer Louis Prima’s swing¬ 
ing, multi-lingual style work to draw in 
audiences — and what message does 
it send about ethnicity? The author 
examines these and other questions 
(Bordighera Press, $18). 

© The Power of Relentless: 7 
Secrets to Achieving Mega- 
Success, Financial Freedom, 
and the Life of Your Dreams by 

Wayne Allyn Root '83. Conservative 
commentator Root delivers this high- 
octane treatise outlining his essential 
principles for accomplishment in 


business and beyond. Chapters cover 
topics from goal-setting to prepara¬ 
tion to branding. Case in point: Ralph 
Lifshitz-turned-Lauren (Regnery 
Publishing, $27.99). 

O Strange Tools: Art and Human 
Nature by Alva Not ’86. How 
can creative works be used to under¬ 
stand what makes us human? Philoso¬ 
pher and neurologist Noe undertakes a 
wide-ranging investigation in pursuit 
of the answer. Insights come from 
sources as diverse as Cezanne, Bruce 
Springsteen and Rosemary's Baby (Hill 
and Wang, $28). 

With Animal by Carol Guess '90 and 
Kelly Magee. This short story collection 
conjures a world where human parents 
have animal offspring. From bees to 
sheep and squirrels, strange pregnan¬ 
cies give way to the practicalities and 
poignancies that come with raising any 
child. When you’re having a dragon, 
even extra-hot salsa tastes mild (Black 
Lawrence Press, $15.95). 

© The Appearance of Annie van 
Sinderen by Katherine Howe 
’99. The New York Times bestselling 
author’s latest YA novel focuses on two 
central characters: Annie, a teenage 
girl living on the Bowery in 1825, and 
Wes, a documentary film student in 
present-day NYC. It’s no spoiler to say 
the story, which opens with a seance, 
takes a supernatural turn. The bigger 
secrets go much deeper (G.P. Putnam’s 
Sons, $18.99). 

—Alexis Tonti SO A’11 


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COURTESY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES 


The third heat 
of a 1951 
track meet on 
South Field. 


1941 


Robert Zucker 

26910 Grand Central Pkwy, Apt. 24G 
Floral Park, NY 11005 
robert.zucker@aol.com 

Hello, CC’41. Please note my new 
email address, at the top of this column, 
and send me a note with your news. 

My great-granddaughter graduated 
from NYU and is spending her time 
post-graduation traveling — she’s 
now up to roughly 50 countries. Of 
my other great-grandchildren, two are 
enrolled at High Point University and 
one is at Smith. My great-grandson, 
who is still in high school, is interested 
in attending Class Day with me in 
the spring for the Alumni Parade of 
Classes. I will carry our Class of 1941 


banner and would be happy to have 
other classmates join me, as it will be 
the 75th anniversary of our graduation. 

1942 


Melvin Hershkowitz 
22 Northern Ave. 

Northampton, MA 01060 
DrMelvin23@gmail.com 

In July, I had a phone call from my old 
pal Arthur Wellington to tell me he had 
entered the Woodbrook Assisted Liv¬ 
ing Residence in Elmira, N.Y. Arthur, 
handicapped by progressive arthritis, was 
entirely lucid and in good spirits. His 
supportive family is nearby, and he is able 
to read and to maintain his longtime 
interest in horse racing and other sports. 
Arthur can be reached at Woodbrook 


Assisted Living Residence, Unit 115, j 

1250 Maple Ave., Elmira, NY 14904. 

Your correspondent was invited to 
attend, on October 10, the 90th birth- j 

day party of Avra Mark, widow of Her¬ 
bert Mark. Herb, who died in 2006, , 

Bob Kaufman and I roomed together 
in Livingston Hall in our sophomore 
year and remained lifelong friends. I . 

keep in touch with Bob, who lives in 
Scarsdale, N.Y. Avra lives in Tuckahoe, 

N.Y. Her grandson, Christopher Mark 1 

’02, rowed on the freshman crew team 
and lives in New York City. 

As I write these notes in mid- 
September, my perpetual event cal- ^ 

endar reminds me that my old friend 
Gerald Klingon will celebrate his 95th 
birthday on September 22. Gerry lives \ 

in New York City and continues to 
pursue his interests in Columbia foot¬ 
ball, baseball, politics and American 


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history. He recently reminded me that 
Ad Reinhardt ’35 was a Jester editor 
i and cartoonist who drew the immortal 

symbol of the “Laughing Lion” for 
Jester before he became an acclaimed 
modern artist, with his work exhibited 
in museums all over the world. 

William Robbins writes to me 
from Mount Dora, Fla., with reports . 
on local and national politics, and 
comments on Columbia baseball 
and football prospects. Bill was a 
distinguished rheumatologist in New 
York City, on the staff at Weill Cornell 
t Medical College (his alma mater) and 

also did research at The Rockefeller 
University. He is a longtime, loyal Lion 
and faithful correspondent. 

I have heard from Stewart 
Mcllvennan, who lives in Lakewood, 
Colo., with his wife, Marie BC’47. 
Marie (90) is still teaching French and 
Spanish in local schools, while Stew 
follows Columbia football and bas¬ 
ketball news. Stew was a star halfback 
on our football team and also played 
varsity basketball. After a stint in the 
FBI, Stew rose to be a respected execu- 
1 tive in the trucking industry, surviving 

occasional negotiations with the late, 
notorious Jimmy Hoffa. 

As I write these notes, the football 
season will begin soon and our hopes 
\ are high for success under the new 

coach, A1 Bagnoli. Our opening game 
was on September 19 at Fordham, 
which gives football scholarships and 


frenzy over professional football has 
spilled over to the college game, and 
our Ivy League is now on the scene. 
Best wishes to coach Bagnoli and our 
players for a winning year. Roar Lions! 

Send your news to my home 
address as listed at the top of the col¬ 
umn, to drmelvin23@gmail.com or call 
me at 413-586-1517. Best wishes to all 
classmates and their families. 

1943 


GJ. D’Angio 

201 S. 18th St., #1818 

Philadelphia, PA 19103 

dangio@earthlink.net 

My wife, Audrey, and I were reflecting 
recently on how chance events have 
very much governed the way we have 
lived our lives. In her case, it was a 
friendly neurosurgeon in Edinburgh 
who steered her to Boston for her 
post-graduate pediatric training as a 
Fulbright Scholar. The Scot had a close 
friend and colleague at Harvard; what 
if his friend had been in San Francisco? 
For me, what if Columbia had rejected 
my application? I had naively applied 
only there. Or what if I had chosen 
NYU (where my brother was already 
enrolled) for my medical training, rather 
than Harvard? Harvard Medical School 
and Boston Children’s Hospital abut on 
Longwood Avenue. It was the gravi- 


This past summer, Dr. G.J. D’Angio %3 and his family 
vacationed on Bermudas South Shore, making his great- 
( granddaughter thefifth generation to visit the island. 


is a strong team (the final score was 
44-24, Fordham). Three Columbia 
games were scheduled to be televised 
this year: at Princeton on October 2 
on NBCSN, at Yale on October 31 on 
Fox College Sports and at Brown on 
November 20 on NBCSN. Fourteen 
other Ivy League games will also 
be televised during the season, an 
extraordinary level of exposure for this 
conference. Apparently, the national 


Class Notes are submitted by 
alumni and edited by volunteer 
class correspondents and the 
staff of CCT prior to publication. 
Opinions expressed are those 
of individual alumni and do not 
reflect the opinions of CCT, 
its class correspondents, the 
College or the University. 


tational pull of those two institutions 
that put me in the orbit of academic 
pediatrics. And I met both my wives in 
those halls. 

Fellow’43ers: We’re supposed to be 
the greatest generation. Send me your 
great “What ifs?” please. What if your 
coach in high school hadn’t said what 
he did? Or you hadn’t seen that Paul 
Muni movie? Or you hadn’t heard that 
radio broadcast? Only faithful Bernie 
Weisberger and I have kept this 
column going for the last several issues. 
Let me hear from you! 

I decided years ago that buying 
unwanted birthday, Christmas or other 
anniversary gifts for family members 
was foolish. A better idea was to 
provide an all-expenses-paid weeklong 
get-together once a year. In those seven 
days would be wrapped all the usual 
annual gifts. This year our destination 
was Bermuda. I have been going there 


COLUMBIA SCHOOL DESIGNATIONS 

BC 

Barnard College 

BUS 

Columbia Business School 

CP 

Pharmaceutical Sciences 

DM 

College of Dental Medicine 

GS 

School of General Studies 

GSAPP 

Graduate School of Architecture, 

Planning and Preservation 

GSAS 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

JRN 

Graduate School of Journalism 

JTS 

Jewish Theological Seminary 

LAW 

Columbia Law School 

LS 

Library Service 

NRS 

School of Nursing 

PH 

Mailman School of Public Health 

PS 

College of Physicians and Surgeons 

SEAS 

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering 
and Applied Science 

SIPA 

School of International and Public Affairs 

SOA 

School of the Arts 

SPS 

School of Professional Studies 

SW 

School of Social Work 

TC 

Teachers College 

UTS 

Union Theological Seminary 


with my family for years off and on. We 
have always favored the South Shore 
(Paget), so we returned there in August 
with my great-granddaughter, Maggie 
(2). She thus became the fifth genera¬ 
tion D’Angio — in her case, D’Angio- 
White — who has walked those same 
coral sands I first saw 60 years ago that 
month. The week was a success. 

My wife and I are getting used to 
life without four wheels, though we 
actually do have such: a shopping cart. 
We are managing quite well, though 
with clipped wings. 

I came across the following nugget 
by chance: President Barack Obama 
’83 is not the only person with a 
Columbia connection to receive the 
Nobel Peace Prize (Obama won his 
in 2009). Some of the others include 
Teddy Roosevelt (Class of 1882 
LAW), winning in 1906; University 
President Nicholas Murray Butler 
(Class of 1882), who won jointly 
with Jane Addams in 1931; and Jose 
Ramos-Horta (SIPA, no degree), in 
1996 for his work in pacifying East 
Timor. Anyone know of others? 

Bernie Weisberger reports: “I’m 
having a hard time coming up with 
much to write about since the last 
letter, and only my determination to 
sustain the honor of ’43 keeps me at 
the keyboard. But since June I’ve done 
no traveling, nor anything much of late 
except to read and keep up a fairly big 
email correspondence. I try not to let 
my conviction that the world is going to 
hell (all too common to us greybeards) 
dominate my spirits. My enjoyment 


of life dominates, along with gratitude 
for my luck in the genetic lottery and 
in avoiding major accidents. I hit my 
93rd birthday last month, which isn’t 
exacdy unusual news for any of the likes 
of us who graduated 72 years ago. I just 
assume that were all past 90. Anyway, 
philosophic meditations on longevity 
aren’t much of a theme to explore in 
these pages and it’s all been said better 
by people like Montaigne, whom I read 
in first-year Literature Humanities of 
blessed memory. I promise that between 
now and December, when I write the 
letter for the Spring 2016 issue, I’ll do 
something to provide more sparkle 
— perhaps take up skydiving. Happy 
Thanksgiving, year-end holiday-of-your- 
choice and New Year to all.” 

1944 


Bill Friedman 
833-B Heritage Hills 
Somers, NY 10589 
swf685@aol.com 

A very happy holiday season and New 
Year to you, CC’44. Please take a few 
moments to send me an update — our 
classmates want to hear from you. No 
news is too small! Send me tidbits 
about your family, travels, retirement, 
hobbies or everyday pastimes. Notes 
can be sent to the email address at 
the top of this column or submitted 
through the CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/cct/submit_class_note. 

Hope to hear from you soon. 


Winter 2015-16 CCT 43 












Class Notes 


1945 


Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 

CCT sends CC’45 best wishes for the 
holiday season. We re saddened not to 
have received any updates for this issue 
and hope you’ll consider sending us a 
note for the New Year. We, and your 
classmates, want to hear how you’ve 
been and what you’re planning to do in 
the first quarter of 2016. You can send 
news to either address at the top of the 
column or use the CCT webform 
college.columbia.edu/ cct/submit_ 
class_note. Be well and of good cheer! 


1946 


REUNION WEEKEND 

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JUNE 2-5, 2016 

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fy2165@columbia.edu 

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212-851-7834 

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Heather Siemienas 

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212-851-7855 

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Bernard Sunshine 
165 W. 66th St., Apt. 12G 
New York, NY 10023 
bsuns1@gmail.com 

Lawrence Ross PS’Sl sent in the 
following reflections: “Because of 
my experience as associate editor of 
the Columbian in ’45, when I arrived 
in Japan during the occupation I 
was assigned to the 8th Army HQ_ 



Contact CCT 

Update your contact 
information; submit a Class 
Note, Class Note photo, 
obituary, Letter to the Editor 
or classified advertisement; 
or send us an email. 

Click “Contact Us” at 
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Public Relations Office as a reporter 
and then as news chief. After being 
discharged, I was delighted to be 
accepted at P&S, where I met Al 
Starr PS’49, Paul Marks PS’49 and 
Steve Krane PS’51. 

“It is good to see the names of 
friends and acquaintances from that 
distant, hectic time in the ’46 Class 
Notes columns, such as Herb Hendin, 
Art Lazarus, Jake Israel, Pete 
Rogatz, Barney Zumoff, Arnie Zent- 
ner and distinguished historian Fritz 
Stern. I regret that I did not keep in 
touch with many friends and acquain¬ 
tances at the College and P&S. 

“My writing career was distin¬ 
guished only by satirical poetry 
published in The Journal of the American 
Medical Association', Pediatrics-, The New 
EnglandJournal of Medicine-, and Look 
magazine. I also wrote three scientific 
papers, one of which gave me 15 
minutes of fame when it was picked 
up by many lay medical columnists. 

My satirical ‘Understanding Your 
Baby Doctor’s Behavior’ in Pediatrics 
was enjoyed by Drs. Louise Ames and 
Frances Ilg, whose newspaper column 
I spoofed.” 

Scanning an issue of Northwest 
Mining & Timber magazine, which 
covers the mining industry in the 
far west of the United States, I came 
across a photo captioned “Extra¬ 
ordinary, Private First Class John 
S. McConnell a U.S. Army Private 
and Engineer.”The picture was taken 
from a published history of the 76th 
Infantry Division (WWII) and shows 
the moment after John had crossed the 
Rhine River during the war. After his 
first wife died, John married Pearl Col- 
hoff and he proudly told me, “Together 
we have 25 kids and grandkids, plus 
or minus.” 

Plus or minus? Come on John, a 
Columbia grad can count. 

Here’s some grizzly bear trivia that 
I bet you didn’t know, from a Post 
Falls, Idaho, newspaper clipping sent 
by John: “Every year in July, cutworm 
moths migrate from the plains toward 
the alpine highlands... where the 
moths feed on late blooming alpine 
wildflowers. Grizzly bears follow. The 
moths provide grizzlies with the high¬ 
est source of protein available — even 
higher than feeding on deer.” 

Join the parade — the Alumni 
Parade of Classes — on Class Day, 
Tuesday, May 17. As we mark the 70th 
anniversary of our class’ graduation, we 
will process from Butler to South Lawn 
with our CC’46 banner (we do have 
one) in front of graduating seniors, the 
University president, College admin¬ 
istrators and faculty. The spontaneous 
ringing reception will make it a day 
you will long remember. Also, don’t 


forget that our reunion is coming up, 
Thursday, June 2-Sunday, June 5. 

1947 

Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 

Only Dr. Nicholas Giosa got in touch 
for this issue. Here, one of his poems: 

Vanity of Vanities 

Keep mefrom anonymity ! 

Mark my having been 
with exclamation 

more substantial than some tilted stone 
worn by wind and weeping rain; 
that might bemuse - 
alas - a burdened Dane's summation: 

a short soliloquy. 

Nor score the hour 
with some meteor's sweeping eulogy: 
afleeting swath of fire written 
across evening’s timeless bulletin - 
disquieting trajectory ! 

Instead, 

if I could choose, 
let it be but a word or phrase 
that 
only I 

have said. 

CCT, and your classmates, would 
love to hear from more of you. Please 
share news about yourself, your family, 
your career and/or your travels — even 
a favorite Columbia College memory 
— using either the email or postal 
address at the top of the column. You 
also can send news online using the 
CCT webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 
holiday season and 2016. 

1948 


Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 

The three classmates who got in touch 
for this issue are all doctors and all 
still working. 

By email, Dr. Alvin Eden shares: 
“Just completed 60 years as a practicing 
pediatrician. Enough practicing; time 
to start the real game.” 

Also sending in electronically, 

Dr. Frank Marcus writes: “I am quite 
active professionally and work full-time 
as professor of medicine at The Univer¬ 


sity of Arizona, Tucson. My specialty 
is cardiology I am one of the principal 
investigators in a four-year NIH grant 
to study an unusual disease of the heart 
called Right Ventricular Cardiomy¬ 
opathy/Dysplasia. Also, I am one of 
the editors of a book in preparation 
on this topic. I am active clinically and 
read hospital electrocardiograms, see 
patients and do specific tests in patients 
who faint (syncopy). I am fortunate in 
having a supportive wife, Janet, as well 
as grandchildren ranging in age from 4 
to 22. Janet and I enjoyed a recent two- 
week cruise to Alaska.” 

CCT received a hand-written note 
from Dr. Peter Arturi: “Still enjoying 
life and family, approaching 89th birth¬ 
day. Still active medically in the Green¬ 
wich, Conn., community and looking 
forward to family time, having given up 
golf. Best regards to classmates.” 

CCT, and your classmates, would 
love to hear from more of you. Please 
share news about yourself, your family, 
your career and/or your travels — even 
a favorite Columbia College memory 
— using either the email or postal 
address at the top of the column. You 
also can send news online using the 
CCT webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 
holiday season and 2016. 

1949 


John Weaver 
2639 E. 11th St. 

Brooklyn, NY 11235 
wudchpr@gmail.com 

Warm wishes for the New Year, CC’49. 
As we welcome 2016, please take a 
moment to send in a word or two to 
either the email address or mailing 
address at the top of this column, or 
you can use the CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/ cct/submit_class_note. 

1950 


Mario Palmieri 
33 Lakeview Ave. W. 

Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567 
mapal@bestweb.net 

You are accustomed to more than 
this, but troubles, technological and 
personal, have interfered relentlessly. 

Be assured, though, that this unlucky 
streak will end and future columns will 
bring you up to date. In the meantime, 
my address is at the top of this column; 
please use it. You can also submit 
notes via the CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/ cct 1 submit_class_note. 
Regards to all. 


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1951 


REUNION WEEKEND 

70 

JUNE 2-5, 2016 

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Alumni Affairs Contact 

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Fatima Yudeh 

Z 

fy2165@columbia.edu 

212-851-7834 

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Development Contact 

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Heather Siemienas 

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hs2843@columbia.edu 

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212-851-7855 

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George Koplinka 
75 Chelsea Rd. 

White Plains, NY 10603 
desiah@aol.com 

Greetings, CC’51. Although there is 
no news to share this time, you are 
encouraged to send in a Class Note 
— your classmates want to hear from 
you, and no news is too small. Please 
send updates to the email address at 
the top of this column or use the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 

And don’t forget, our 65th reunion 
will be held in June. Returning to cam¬ 
pus is a great way to reconnect with old 
friends and to take advantage of the great 
intellectual programming and events at 
Columbia. I hope to see you there. 

1952 


Columbia College Today 
Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
cct@columbia.edu 

As we speed toward the end of 2015, 
CCT wishes CC’52 a joyful holiday 
season and a Happy New Year. We 
did not receive any updates this time, 
but, speaking of 2016, why not make 
a resolution to send in a Class Note? 


It could be about family, career/retire- 
ment, travels, everyday pastimes or 
special events. You never know what in 
your life will resonate with others and 
spark a connection (or reconnection!) 
with a classmate. Send your news to 
either the email address or mailing 
address at the top of the column, or 
use the webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. Thank you for 
reading and be well! 

1953 


Lew Robins 

3200 Park Ave., Apt. 9C2 
Bridgeport, CT 06604 
lewrobins@aol.com 

James Higginbottom sent the 
following: “Since graduation, I have 
read every CCT and happily have kept 
up with all those mentioned in each 
issue — a lot of my fraternity brothers 
and especially my fellow oarsman from 
the freshman, JV and Varsity crews of 
1949-53. The recently published book 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans 
and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 
1936 Berlin Olympics has taken me 
back to my time on the crew. 

“I’ll attempt to fill in a few of the 
gaps with a sketchy account my life. I 
could not qualify physically for any of 
the OC courses offered in 1953, so I 
volunteered for the draft and entered the 
Army in September 1953. In July 1955 
I married a ray of sunshine named Patti 
Gibbs (from Seatde), whom I met in 
Colorado Springs while at Fort Carson. 
The Army made use of my liberal arts 
education and promoted me to sergeant 
(E5) to run the pay and allotments 
section of an infantry regiment. Upon 
separation from the Army, I began my 
career in September 1955 and have had 
a wonderful and happy life selling vital 
circuit wire and cable to U.S. railroad 
signal departments. After a career of 



atumninews 



constant travel and deep involvement in 
the railroad industry, the Okonite Co. 
retired Patti and me unexpectedly in 
June 2013, and we have been occupied 
with our physicians, chemo and family 
ever since but only recendy have we 
begun to have the time we wanted 
with the family. Our five children have 
blessed us with 17 grandchildren and we 
are expecting our first great-grandchild. 

“We lived most of our lives (though 
traveling constantly) in New Jersey but 
have been North Carolina residents 
since 1994 and we plan to stay here in 
retirement. The railroad industry has 
honored us in many ways since our 
departure and we manage to keep our 
contacts up as well as spend as much 
time with our family as we can. 

“I look forward to reading about 
classmates and encourage all to put a 
line in CCT whenever possible.” 

John Plate SIPA’56 sent along 
the following: “[Here] is the obituary 
of Dave Edwards LAW’58, which 
recently appeared in the Hartford 
Courant. Dave and I were real friends 
for 65 years. We met at Columbia, and 


address are at the top of this column; 
you can also submit notes via the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 

1954 


Bernd Brecher 
35 Parkview Ave., Apt. 4G 
Bronxville, NY 10708 
brecherservices@aol.com 

Thanks once again to many of you for 
keeping in touch. Our classmates want 
to hear from and about one another 
— keep it up. And remember, you can 
email me on a rolling basis, not just 
when you get an email blast about the 
forthcoming issue of CCT; you can 
always update or help me edit previous 
information before CCT goes to press 
four times a year. 

Harold Stevelman PS’58 com¬ 
pleted 50 years of medical practice in 
Westchester, N.Y., as an internist and 
cardiologist. He is volunteer chair of 
the ethics committee at NewYork- 


Larry Gartner ’54, Larry Scharer 54 and Lany Kobrin 54 
are working to identify Korbin’s Columbia photos, with 
plans to donate themi to the Columbia University Archives. 


were the best man at each other’s wed¬ 
dings. Our families remain close.” 

[Editor’s note: The following is 
excerpted from the Hartford Courant.\ 

“David Robert Edwards died at 
Hartford Hospital on April 8,2015. 
After graduation from Columbia Col¬ 
lege, he was drafted into the infantry 
where he defended Georgia and Ala¬ 
bama during the Korean War. In August 
1955, he married Nancy Lee Flaharty.” 

After obtaining a degree from the 
Law School, “he served as a trial lawyer 
for Aetna Casualty Company. He retired 
as lead counsel in 1989. In addition, he 
taught at the University of Connecticut 
School of Insurance. He was part owner 
of the Studio of Magic, president of the 
Wethersfield Rotary Club, past presi¬ 
dent and secretary of Assembly 21 of 
the Society of American Magicians and 
secretary of the International Brother¬ 
hood of Magicians. 

“David loved to travel. In retirement, 
he and Nancy visited 30 countries enjoy¬ 
ing the people, arts and cuisine. He was 
an accomplished chef. David is survived 
by his wife, children and grandchildren.” 

Please email your memories of life 
on campus as well as news about class¬ 
mates, stories, articles and anecdotes 
for future issues. My address and email 


Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, 
where he is also a pro-bono reader of 
electrocardiograms. He and his wife, 
Barbara BC’58, have two children and 
five grandchildren, and are closing in 
on their 60th wedding anniversary. 

Arnold Tolkin reports that “the 
family is growing and retirement 
is good,” and that he and his wife, 
Barbara, “are still doing a great deal of 
traveling, and I am still working in the 
travel industry. It is in my blood.” 

Many of us in ’54 appear to be 
“retired but still working”! 

The Tolkins’ new great-grand¬ 
daughter, Elizabeth Meg, turned 1 
this October; her parents are Aaron 
Tolkin ’08, BUS’14 and Dena Tolkin 
BC’09; the family lives in Florida. One 
of Arnie’s grandsons is marrying “his 
sweetheart” from Duke, and his oldest 
grandchild, Michelle Tolkin BUS’09, 
has gotten engaged “to a lovely young 
man, Adam Miller BUS’ll.” 

Great news and congratulations, 
Arnie and Barbara! 

Arnie had some not-so-good news 
earlier this year about “a little more 
aggressive prostate cancer than I was 
prepared to accept,” but he attacked 
it with a new-but-tried, heavy-dose 
radiation treatment that he believes 


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has “killed the cancer with little or no 
side effects. So far so good.” 

That is indeed some better news. Be 
well, Arnie; we are with you! 

Larry Gartner, Larry Scharer 
and Larry Kobrin have put their 
heads together on a project to identify 
pictures of and at Columbia that LK 
rescued from his Connecticut house 
before it was sold. “I am having an 
endless struggle with tons of old pic¬ 
tures that I can’t bring myself to dis¬ 
card,” says LK. The three Larrys look 
forward to delivering a large batch of 
the photos to the Columbia University 
Archives. Classmates: Look forward 
to a special nostalgia trip on a visit to 
campus. On that note, does anyone 
else have pictures or documents you 
can’t face parting with but that might 
be of interest to Columbia? After all, 
ours were the Bicentennial years. 

Here’s an update on Bruce King, 
who writes that Columbia University 
Press will distribute his book From New 
National to World Literature , and that 
he’s editing the first draft of his auto¬ 
biography, Interesting Life, So Far. 
Bruce and his wife, Adele, look forward 


to a visit to their home in Paris by Joel 
Gerstl and his wife, Judy, who will be 
stopping off on their way to London. 

Bruce Donaldson, professor 
emeritus at Maryland, College Park, 
and his wife, Lois, a retired registered 
nurse, live in Silver Spring, Md. They 
recently visited Thomas Bowen and 
his wife, Marlene, in Virginia Beach. 
Tom retired from a career in the Navy 
and then from a second career in per¬ 
sonnel management. Tom and Bruce 
together visited the equally retired 
U.S.S. Wisconsin (docked in Norfolk, 
Va.), which had been their ship for 
their first NROTC cruise in 1951. 
Bruce says, “This last of the American 
battleships is still an awesome sight 
and engineering marvel.” 

Richard Bernstein SEAS’55, as 
noted in a prior column, published a 
series of 70 videos on YouTube, called 
“Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes University.” 
It concerns basic problems associated 
with diabetes care that he believes are 
not adequately treated with conven¬ 
tional medical approaches. Dick, who 
invented blood sugar self-monitoring 
in 1969, has had type 1 diabetes for 70 
years and enjoys good health because 
he insists that “diabetics are entitled to 


the same blood sugars as non-diabetics.” 
He worked out an engineering system 
to accomplish this, 13 years before he 
became a practicing physician at 49. 
Dick has written nine books on the 
subject of blood sugar normalization, 
a concept that is still opposed by most 
professional diabetes associations. He 
has been criticized for opposing the 
currently advocated high carbohydrate 
diets covered by industrial doses of 
medications like insulin that cause wild 
blood sugar swings. He says these diets 
should be replaced with very low car¬ 
bohydrate diets and small physiologic 
doses of medications. 

Dr. B. says, “The elevated and wildly 
swinging blood sugar, encountered by 
most diabetics utilizing conventional 
therapy, is the major cause of heart 
failure, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, 
sexual dysfunction, non-traumatic 
amputations and newborn abnor¬ 
malities throughout much of the world. 
Recent research now implicates blood 
sugar elevation as a major cause of 
dementia. The common approach to 
treatment has generated a huge complex 
of medications, companies and person¬ 


nel, devoted to the treatment of diabetic 
sequelae, instead of their underlying 
cause. The financial cost of this greatly 
outweighs what it would cost to train 
medical personnel and patients in the 
basic engineering principles that under¬ 
lie blood sugar normalization, such as 
‘The Laws of Small Numbers.’ 

“Nevertheless,” Dick claims, “orga¬ 
nized medicine still advocates very 
high blood sugars for diabetics, often 
calling such values ‘normal.”’ 

With all the doctors, researchers 
and other scientists in our class, let the 
debate begin! 

Serge Gavronsky retired this year 
from Barnard’s French department, 
“after 50 years right there!” He was 
chair from 1975 to 2001. A published 
poet in both French and English, and 
a translator of French to English and 
vice-versa, he writes that “the latest 
to be published [is] a co-translation 
of Louis Zukofsky’s A. [My] novels 
include The German Friend, translated 
in Italian with a handsome preface by 
Harold Bloom.” Serge has been the 
recipient of numerous academic recog¬ 
nitions, fellowships and awards. 

It’s been 11 years since our Class 
of Destiny’s 50th reunion celebration, 


which took place across a three-day, 
glorious weekend in June 2004, and 
was highlighted by activities and 
special events all over Manhattan, 
on campus and at [what was then 
still called] Baker Field. We broke all 
attendance records up to that time. 
Were you there? Do you still have your 
commemorative reunion yearbook? All 
classmates got a copy, if you attended 
or not. Here is a quotation from that 
publication, which dealt with some of 
the “psychology” of that time and of 
our place in it. Why? Because I hope 
we can pick up on some of the themes 
and “update” their relevance today for 
us, our children and grandchildren 
(and, as noted earlier, even some great¬ 
grandchildren) in publications and at 
events to come. 

About one-third of the class 
responded in 2004; I hereby quote and 
paraphrase the following: “More than 
eight out of 10 considered their Colum¬ 
bia education fulfilling, and two-thirds 
said the Core Curriculum influenced 
their lives. Almost all were glad they 
chose Columbia, but only half of those 
feel very favorable about Columbia 
today; still, four out of five ‘would do it 
again.’More than half have some close 
alumni friends and about one-third 
have been active in some alumni activi¬ 
ties. Half claim to be religious, two- 
thirds financially comfortable and just 
under half claim a financial worth of 
one-to-five million dollars. Four out of 
10 make annual charitable contributions 
of close to $5,000, but twice that num¬ 
ber give at least some gift to Columbia. 
More than half favor affirmative action 
in college and employment, expected 
to vote Democratic in 2004 and believe 
we should not have gone to war in Iraq 
this time.” 

These were sample snapshots based 
on a wide-ranging number of subjects, 
and questions were answered anony¬ 
mously during the first half of2004. I’ll 
share a number of the others across the 
next several issues of CCT. Meanwhile, 

I solicit your comments, questions and 
suggestions about areas of particular 
interest that we might report on. As 
2015 draws to a close, be well, do good 
in the world and keep in touch. 

Excelsior! 

1955 

Gerald Sherwin 
181 E. 73rd St., Apt. 6A 
New York, NY 10021 
gs481@juno.com 

When Columbia throws a party, 
it really throws a party. A series of 
gatherings have taken place during the 
past several months, bringing together 


Bruce Donaldson ’51/. and Thomas Bowen ’51/ visited 
the retired U.S.S. Wisconsin, which had been their ship 
for their first NROTC cruise in 1951. 


all parts of the University. Read on for 
the highlights. 

Convocation was held in late 
August, welcoming the first-year class 
to Columbia. The event included the 
Alumni Procession, which entails classes 
marching with class banners by decade 
(our own Bill Epstein was involved), and 
speeches by President Lee C. Bollinger 
and Dean James J. Valentini. 

The fall offered several great events 
for alumni and students. Columbia 
Alumni Leaders Weekend occurred 
in early October and featured the 
presentation of The Richard E. Witten 
’75CC Award for Volunteer Leader¬ 
ship and The Richard E. Witten ’75CC 
Award for Transformational Volunteer 
Leadership, panel discussions and the 
Alumni Medalists Gala, held in Low 
Rotunda. On October 16, Bollinger’s 
annual 5K Run/Walk had a sizeable 
number of participants. And Don J. 
Melnick, the Thomas Hunt Morgan 
Professor of Conservation Biology, 
gave a deep and informative series of 
lectures, “The Biodiversity Crisis,” as 
part of the Mini-Core Courses. Many 
believe we have entered the Sixth 
Extinction spasm in Earth’s history. 

Touching briefly on our reunion, 

I apologize for omitting a few 
classmates from the attendee list in 
the previous issue. Also attending 
the festivities in May were Anthony 
Viscusi, Bob Brown, Dan Fuchs and 
Queens’ Jesse Roth. Others were Milt 
Merritt, who was pleasantly surprised 
with the souvenir watches given to all 
the attendees, and Beryl Nusbaum, 
who couldn’t wait for updates on some 
of our sports teams. I hope we get 
professor Harry Scheiber to come 
east for one or more of the crew races. 
Lew Sternfels took many photos; 
if anyone would like them, let your 
trusted correspondent know and they 
will be emailed to you. 

Some classmates who couldn’t make 
the 60th were painter Jack Stuppin 
(recovering from back surgery), Har¬ 
vey Greenberg (Hajiwas in Europe), 
Henry Cohen (living in Oakland and 
extolling the virtues of Professor Ted 
de Bary ’41, GSAS’53), Bill Langston 
(also living in Oakland) and Peter 
Pressman (a breast surgeon in private 
practice in New York). 

This year’s Alexander Hamilton 
Award Dinner honored former U.S. 
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’73, 
LAW’76. Late fencing coach Irv DeKoff 
was honored at a memorial service in the 
fall. Irv was one of the most successful 
coaches in Columbia history. 

While meandering around Lerner 
Hall, I espied a portrait of Alfred 
Lerner on a wall on the advising floor. 
A plaque for Jim Berick and his wife, 
Christine, is close by. 


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A special alumni reception will take 
place in Boston before the Harvard/ 
Columbia basketball game in late 
January. Classmates in this area who 
might want to get tickets are Eddie 
Goldberg, Ken Parker (Dick Kuhn’s 
buddy), Sandy Autor, Ralph Wagner, 
Richard Kessler, Harold Kushner, 
Mike Vaughn, Bernie Chasan, Jim 
Lagomarsino, David Sweet and 
Walt Flanagan. 

What are Alfred Gollomp, Don 
Laufer and Bill Epstein doing? Mak¬ 
ing plans for their periodic dinners in 
and around New York. 

Dear wonderful classmates, 

For those who attended the 60th, it 
was a pleasure to see you. For those who 
were unable to attend the good times, 
the clock is ticking for the next event. 

It gets better and better. 

No one brings more to the party 
than you guys. 

Keep it up. 

Love to all! Everywhere! 


1956 


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Stephen K. Easton 
6 Hidden Ledge Rd. 

Englewood, NJ 07631 
tball8000@earthlink.net 

As I write this, I am preparing to 
leave for my fall 2015 visit to one of 
my favorite Mexican resorts in Puerto 
Penasco, where my wife, Elke, and I 
will be playing at least 10 rounds of 
golf at its championship course and 
will extend our summer activity season 
into the fall. I will also enjoy dinner 
with Giora Ben-Horin LAW’61 and 
his wife, Arlene. Giora is one of my old 
neighborhood and Columbia College 
friends, and he writes: 

“After graduation, I pushed my 
number up on the draft and served 
in the Army for two years, including 
14 months on a base in France. Upon 
discharge, I entered the Law School. 
[After graduation,] I took a position 
with the Tax Division at the Department 
of Justice in Washington, D.C. In 1965, 

I was fortunate enough to marry Arlene 
Kane, a school teacher from Youngstown, 
Ohio, who was living in Washington. 

“In 1967,1 accepted a position in 
Phoenix, which I had visited a number 



The Class of 1956 held a fall luncheon at Faculty House to begin planning 
its 60th reunion, along with two staff members from the Alumni Office. 

Left to right, front row: Jerry Fine ’56, Danny Link ’56, Jilliann Rodriguez 
M’Barki and Maurice Klein ’56; and back row, left to right: Mark Novick 
’56, Al Franco SEAS’56, Eric Shea, Stephen Easton ’56, Ron Kapon ’56 
and Lou Hemmerdinger ’56. 


of times while handling tax cases. I 
became a partner in two major Phoenix 
law firms. In 1982,1 decided to leave 
the practice of law and formed Benross 
Corp. to engage in land investments 
and syndications in Arizona (which, 
as you might know, is probably the 
fastest growing state in the country). I 
have found this to be an enjoyable and 
rewarding enterprise in which I con¬ 
tinue to engage with my son Michael. 

I have two other children, Lonnie and 
Hallie, and five grandchildren.” 

James Rubin was honored by 
Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital on 
May 28 for 50 years of service and 44 
years as the division chief of clinical 
immunology and allergy. Jim and his 
wife, Phyllis, have retired to Cutchogue 
(on the North Fork of Long Island), 
N.Y., and he invites classmates who 
come out that way to give him a call. 

We have another addition to the 
ranks of authors in our class. That 
would be Taylor Thompson, who 
fives in Kingston, N.Y. He writes: 

“Hello, friends. I’ve joined the 
ranks of other authors (like David 
McCullough) by writing and publishing 
my autobiography. It’s titled^ Entre¬ 
preneur Grows in a Capitalist Culture 
and it is available at most booksellers, 
primarily Barnes & Noble and Amazon. 
It’s hard cover, so if you get bored you 
can always use it as a coffee table book 
to rest your coffee cup, flower vases or 
snacks — you have to be practical. It is 
also available as an eBook on Kindle. 

“I think my fife illustrates the process 
that teaches and inspires individuals 
to become entrepreneurs. I reveal the 
straightforward ways to start a business 
and survive roadblocks like fires, lawsuits, 
union organizing and personnel prob¬ 
lems. Contact me if you have questions 
(like, ‘Why did you waste your time 
when you could be relaxing in the sun?’).” 

Also, for your information, there is a 
chapter in Taylor’s book that will bring 
out many Columbia memories. 

Robert Lauterborn writes: “This 
spring I got to fly literally around the 
world in 22 days — Toronto, Shanghai, 
Dalian, Beijing, Moscow, Warsaw, Lon¬ 
don and home again. I was speaking in 
several of those cities and playing in a 
couple of others. This summer I spent 
six weeks wandering around Europe — 
the Alps in Austria, Switzerland and 
Germany; then my family’s ancestral 
home (Trier, Germany) for a couple of 
weeks; then a week in Paris and another 
in England. My elder grandson is doing 
a semester abroad in London this fall 
and found a flat in Notting Hill. I don’t 
begrudge him the opportunity, but I 
am a little envious! I’ll be in the United 
States for much of the rest of the year, 
mostly in Chapel Hill, N.C., except for 
a couple of conferences I’m speaking at 


in Orlando and Atlanta. It’s nice to be 
home for a change. 

“I’m taking singing lessons and 
singing in both a church choir and a 
community chorus. Incidentally, a small 
correction regarding the Ford Founda¬ 
tion scholars you mentioned in a recent 
column: I was one and I was 16, but I 
had, in fact, graduated from high school. 

“Best wishes to all and I hope to 
see you before too long at one of the 
class lunches and/or for a 60th reunion 
planning session.” 

Jerry Breslow updated us on his 
activities: “The last time I wrote (in 
2013), I had become chairman of the 
board of the Maryland Classic Youth 
Orchestras, a Strathmore Hall Founda¬ 
tion partner that performs in the Music 
Center run by SHF in North Bethesda, 
Md.The MCYO is a 70-year old orga¬ 
nization that provides talented student 
musicians (from third grade to high 
school) opportunities to perform with 
their peers from the Washington, D.C., 
area. Our students perform throughout 
the U.S. and Europe; this year the kids 
performed at the Walt Disney Concert 
Hall in Los Angeles. 

“This past summer the MCYO 
merged with the SHF, and pursuant to 
the merger agreement I returned to the 
SHF board, this time as an ex officio 
member. I thus have served in each of 
the three categories of directors repre¬ 
sented on the board: as an appointee of 
the Montgomery County, Md., county 
executive (also a Columbia College 
grad); as director elected by the SHF 
board; and as an ex officio director. No 
one else seems to have accomplished 
this particular trifecta. 


“I have been active in the men’s 
club of my synagogue for many years. 
In 2014, it honored me for my many 
years of service to the community by 
selecting me as ‘Man of the Year,’ and 
a booklet was published that included 
my biography. I took the opportunity 
to fist my performing accomplish¬ 
ments, which included appearing on 
Broadway. I did not bother to clarify 
that it was Broadway and 116th Street. 

“My wife, Harriet, and I continue 
on our way, playing tennis several times 
a week, entertaining our grandchild, 
Jayna, and taking a few trips a year. 
Destinations include the Big Apple for 
theater; St.John, U.S. Virgin Islands, 
for snorkeling; and Hilton Head, S.C., 
for the beach. Harriet, having recently 
replaced her knees along with her older 
hip replacements, also skis in Colorado. 

“I will be awaiting the reports 
on the 60th reunion to see who else 
plans to turn up, aside from the usual 
suspects who are always mentioned in 
each of these columns. Frank Neu- 
berger told me he hopes to attend. 

The only other news about classmates 
of which I am aware is that Gordon 
Osmond, who resides in Brazil, mar¬ 
ried his partner.” 

Phil Liebson, an active Chicago- 
based alum, writes: “My wife, Carole, 
and I celebrated our 50th anniversary 
in September by spending two weeks 
in the Languedoc region in south¬ 
western France. I am retired from 
cardiology but still have a clinic in 
preventive medicine that I go to once 
a week. My current interests are piano, 
dance and the Chicago Literary Club. 

I am on the executive committee of 


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Class Notes 


the local Columbia Alumni Club and 
also am a governing member of the 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra. My 
literary interest is medieval history, so 
that I can understand what is going on 
in current world politics.” 

For classmates who have expressed 
ideas for our 60th reunion, please be 
assured that although things are still 
in the planning stage, 1) there will be a 
location on campus for our class mem¬ 
bers to rest and relax at any time of 
the day during the weekend; 2) there 
will be tours available but also a time, 
probably on Friday after lunch, for 
individual presentations and for inter¬ 
acting with classmates; 3) there will be 
a class-specific wine tasting presented 
by Ron Kapon (currently teaching 
wine courses at Fairleigh Dickinson 
and writing for travel/food magazines); 
and 4) there will be a Saturday dinner 
for our class, for which we are planning 
to have a special speaker, most likely 
related to the Core Curriculum. 

The objective of the Reunion Com¬ 
mittee’s planning will continue to be 
to allow time for classmates to meet, 
greet and spend time together in addi¬ 
tion to hearing talks from well-known 
Columbia faculty members. The com¬ 
mittee will continue to sift through all 
suggestions to accommodate most of 
the comments we have received. 

Lenny Wolfe, our class historian, 
writes: “For one of our early reunions, 

I researched and wrote an account of 
events that took place during the four- 
year period that we spent at Columbia 
— from our freshman orientation, to 
the McCarthy era, to Moses Hadas’ 
delightful preparation-for-life advice at 
our Senior Dinner, where he told us to 
never fan our soup with our hat or pick 
our teeth with a ballpoint pen. Advice 
that helped me immeasurably and Fm 
sure worked just as well for others. 

“Perhaps the most important 
contribution the presentation made 
was that it served as a springboard for 
classmates to offer their own reminis¬ 
cences of our years together. As class¬ 
mates reported on remembered events, 
others were spurred to talk of theirs. 
One recollection led to another and, 
before we knew it, the entire session 
became a fun-filled event. It might be 
fun to do again, even if only to prove 
that we can remember what happened 
some 60 to 64 years ago.” 

We had our first fall 2015 class 
luncheon/60th reunion planning 
luncheon. In attendance were Maurice 
Klein, Danny Link, Jerry Fine, Al 
Franco SEAS’56, Mark Novick, Ron 
Kapon, Lou Hemmerdinger and me, 
and Eric Shea and Jilliann Rodriguez 
M’Barki from the Alumni Office. We 
spent a good amount of time planning 
our 60th reunion activities, more of 


which you will hear about later. Please 
note the nearby photo, which illus¬ 
trates that we still have an active group 
of class members who are interested 
in making sure we 1) meet regularly 
and 2) have the best 60th reunion we 
can have. Please contact me if you 
care to add your name to the group of 
luncheon participants. 

The subject of fundraising has been 
mentioned by some of our classmates 
as a negative part of Alumni Reunion 
Weekend. I believe that fundraising 
has a place in our alumni connection 
to Columbia and I think that it is 
important for each of us to evalu¬ 
ate what he would like to contribute 
(or not contribute) of his finances to 
Columbia to further the objectives of 
the College. Irrespective of how large 
the University endowment is, in order 
to grow and improve there is always a 
need for alumni support. The Reunion 
Committee is exploring avenues of 
giving such as scholarships, endow¬ 
ments or teaching awards that would 
possibly be endorsed by most of our 
class members. You will hear more 
about this later, but not in any way 
to the detriment of the camaraderie, 
fellowship, remembrances and fun we 
would all like to all have at our 60th. 

As we move forward, my go-to class 
members on reunion planning will be 
Buzz Paaswell, Danny Link, Bob 
Siroty and Jerry Fine. Please feel free 
to contact me or any of these men with 
your input. 

I would welcome seeing many more 
faces at our monthly luncheons so 
please, if you are a visitor to New York, 
let me know when you will be in the 
city so we may plan one of our class 
luncheons around our out-of-town class 
members. We have an amazing group 
of class members and we always have a 
good time when we get together. 

1957 

Herman Levy 
7322 Rockford Dr. 

Falls Church, VA 22043 
hdlleditor@aol.com 

Edward Alexander reports, “My book, 
Jews Against Themselves, was published 
in July,’’and Robert Alter updates us on 
his latest news: “In the spring I received 
honorary doctorates from the Hebrew 
University of Jerusalem and from the 
University of Haifa. My most recent 
book, Strong As Death Is Love: The Song 
of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel, 
A translation with Commentary, was 
published in March.” 

From Peter Caroline: “One of the 
items on my bucket list was a five-day 
defensive pistol course given by the 


Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Ariz. 

At 79,1 was the oldest member of the 
class — the youngest having turned 
18 during the class. I put about 1,200 
rounds through my Ruger SRI911 
.45, shooting at various distances 
from three to 25 yards, in the rain, 
after dark and even indoors in various 
house-clearing exercises. Exhausting, 
but rewarding.” 

Marty Fisher reports: “I am writing 
this on a beautiful late summer day in 
New York; I will probably read it on a 
cold pre-Christmas evening in front of 
a crackling fire in Florida. Such is the 
life of a Columbia retiree. 

“Fifteen hale fellows well met at 
the University Club on September 18 
thanks to the good graces of Ed Wein¬ 
stein. Stan Barnett SEAS’58 traveled 
the furthest, from West Kingston (not 
Providence), R.I.; Sal Franchino 
and Mark Stanton drove in together 
from New Jersey, along with George 
Lutz from Warren, N.J. George joined 


Alan Brown, Jerry Finkel PS’61, Ed 
Weinstein, Bob Klipstein LAW’60 
and me to make up one table. The 
other was occupied by Carlos Munoz 
GSAS’61, who has no fewer than four 
international trips planned for the com¬ 
ing year (including Cuba and Vietnam); 
Bob Lipsyte JRN’59,who does not 
seem to have gained a pound since our 
college years; Neil McLellan, actively 
rooting for the Cardinals; Dave Kinne, 
an active docent at the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art; Ted Dwyer PS’61, still 
looking in good enough shape to play 
half-court; and Ron Kushner (along 
with Stan, Sal and Mark). 

“Mark purchased a condo in 
Aberdeen, Fla., only a mile or two 
(and several rungs up the ladder) from 
Boynton Beach, Fla., where my wife, 
Doris, and I hang out during the eight 
months per year we spend down there. 

I hope we can stimulate some intel¬ 
lectual activity, other than golf. 

“That’s about it for another year, 
except someone calculated that Sep¬ 
tember 18,2015, was almost 62 years 
to the day from when our nervous 
freshman class gathered in the John Jay 
Lounge for our first Dean’s Reception. 

I hear that wood-paneled room has 
changed little in the ensuing years. 
Happy Holidays to all.” 

Paul S. Frommer writes: “There 
is not much new here in Alexandria, 


Va. My brother, Alan Frommer 
(Wellesley, Mass.), and I have started 
to plan a joint family birthday party 
(our birthday is December 20,1935) 

— amazed that we have made it this 
far. There are three grandchildren on 
his side, one on mine.” 

From Erich Gruen: “I hit my 80th 
birthday in May and I am happy to say 
that I am still ambulatory (even though 
my walking pace has slowed down 
somewhat). The occasion was marked by 
a celebration on campus at UC Berkeley, 
organized with great skill and deception 
by my wife, Ann (I was kept in the dark 
until the last moment). Six of my former 
graduate students, now all professors 
at prestigious institutions like Oxford, 
Yale and Brown, spoke (I also have one 
at Columbia who couldn’t make it). Nor 
did they deliver mere eulogies. This was 
as much a roast as a toast, with numerous 
embarrassing anecdotes revealed — 
much to the delight of the audience. It 
was a heartwarming experience, topped 


off by the presentation of a leather- 
bound volume of letters collected by Ann 
(without my knowledge) from nearly 80 
of my former graduate students, recount¬ 
ing experiences, ups and downs, terrors 
and glories in my seminars, both badges 
(like Ph.D.s) and scars. It is a wonderful 
treasure. These are the real rewards of an 
academic career. On a lesser level in the 
past year, I was made an honorary fellow 
of Merton College, Oxford, which gives 
me dining privileges there for life (and 
the food is excellent). It’s not a bad way 
to enter my ninth decade.” 

David Kaufman GSAPP’68: 

“News ... a little. But perhaps a bit 
of reminiscence as well. My last job 
was as the Manhattan region senior 
architect for Citibank, from which 
I parachuted to retirement in 1993. 

My work there gave me considerable 
satisfaction, plus the unanticipated, 
fascinating window it opened for me as 
an outsider into the alien world of byz- 
antine corporate politics — shielded 
by my‘exotic’profession from the 
competitive acrobatics of the bankers. 

“Among my previous intersections 
with Columbia, I was part of the 
team of young architects assembled 
by the firm of I.M. Pei 8c Partners to 
design the campus ‘Master Plan’ for 
the University. This was in the wake 
of the neighborhood furor stirred up 
by Columbia’s attempt to use a part of 


Erich Gruen ’57 celebrated his 80th birthday on the 
UC Berkeley campus; the celebration featured speeches 
from some of hisformer graduate students. 


48 CCT Winter 2015-16 








alumninews 


Morningside Park for a new gymna¬ 
sium, in 1967. My thought was that 
our purpose (invoking the prestige of 
Pei at the time) was to provide a posi¬ 
tive public face for the University. The 
project was cancelled a year later. 

“Another, positive, connection was the 
marriage of my cousin (once removed) 
to a granddaughter of Grayson Kirk, 
a University president who replaced . 
then-newly elected U.S. President 
Dwight Eisenhower in our freshman 
year. Do you remember the headline of 
Spectator freshman week, something like 
‘Columbia wins, the nation loses?’ Specta¬ 
tors editor, the writer of that headline, 
eventually became my gastroenterologist 
(Hillel Tobias ’56). Kirk’s granddaughter 
has been a most definite ‘win’for our 
family, and has remained a dear friend all 
i these years, through thick and thin. That 

friendship included my sister Jeanette, 

| whom we lost in July in her 87th year, 

the last of my siblings; her children’s 
father was a member of the Class of ’45. 

“Since my formal retirement, most 
of my architectural work has been as 
favors for family and friends; no charge, 
r but gratifying nonetheless. What has 

changed me more is the pursuit of an 
, activity that has shadowed me since 

childhood: singing, specifically operatic 
singing. A former singing teacher, one 
\ of the great human beings of my life 

experience and the one whose method 
I practice today, recommended that I 
scrap my profession and devote myself 
exclusively to my vocal studies, predict¬ 
ing that immersion would bring me 
great success within a year. Ironically, 
at that very time, I had just passed the 
New York State Board of Architecture’s 
licensing exam. Courage failed me then. 
But now, decades later, I’ve reached 
a point in my studies that persuades 
me that he might have been right. 
Singing is a pursuit that is thrilling 
and challenging at the same time. As 
I prepare for my next concert (I write 
this in October), I experience the mix 
of excitement and trepidation that even 
! the most seasoned performers often do. 

“I have lost touch with many Col¬ 
lege (and Architecture School) friends 
but have maintained a close tie with at 
least one of my’57 classmates. Often 
, I wonder: Who among the others 

survives? To them I extend greetings 
from here in Greenwich Village.” 

1 Al Raab SEAS’58, SEAS’59 

reports that he and his wife, Fran 
(Cornell ’61), recently returned home 
to Bethesda, Md., from Maine, where, 
for the eighth consecutive year, they 
hosted their three daughters and their 
families (altogether, 15 people) for 
• a week in Harpswell. Lobsters for 

lunch (or dinner, or both), the beaches, 
the ocean and lobstering were the 
usual activities. Al and Fran are now 


preparing for a December cruise on 
the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. 
Al is a full-time senior program officer 
with the National Academy of Sci¬ 
ences in Washington, D.C., where he 
provides staff support to committees 
of volunteers reviewing and advising 
the-Federal Highway Administra¬ 
tion’s longterm pavement and bridge 
performance research programs. 

After graduating from the College, 
he remained on Morningside Heights 
to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s in 
civil engineering and then entered 
Cornell’s Ph.D. program, which he 
completed in 1963. After leaving 
Ithaca, Al taught briefly at Con¬ 
necticut, then analyzed and designed 
structural components of space 
cameras, telescopes, radomes and wind 
turbines at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 
Itek Corp., Arthur D. Little, MITRE 
Corp., Electronic Space Systems and 
Kaman Sciences. He also worked an 
11-year stint as a program manager 
with the Department of Transporta¬ 
tion until he joined the National 
Academy of Sciences in 1991. 

After all that schooling, Al acceded 
to a family preference for his middle 
name, Robert, and is now known as “A. 
Robert Raab.” 

From John G. Scandalios: 
“Following my ‘retirement’ from NC 
State as the Distinguished Univer¬ 
sity Research Professor of Genetics, 

I continue to write, edit, review and 
give lectures around the world, and to 
participate in other scholarly activities. I 
particularly enjoy giving annual lectures 
to students at an international institute 
on the island of Crete and in South 
America, Japan and Russia. My pride 
and joy, however, is to spend as much 
time as I can with my six fantastic 
grandchildren: Will, Anna, Melia, 

Celia, Daphne and Penelope. My wife, 
Penelope, and I thoroughly enjoy many 
beach retreats with our three daughters 
and sons-in-law, fishing, swimming, 
snorkeling and relaxing. Penny and I 
frequendy travel, often meeting up with 
former students and colleagues. Some 
of the most rewarding times for me 
have always been the many opportuni¬ 
ties to visit Nisyros, the Aegean island 
of my birth, with my family (especially 
my grandchildren) and to enjoy the 
sea and to visit and reminisce with the 
childhood friends I grew up with on 
that beautiful and serene little island.” 

Elliott Schwartz writes that con¬ 
certs of his music are being planned 
for 2016 to celebrate his 80th birthday. 
One will take place on April 1 at Bow- 
doin, where he taught for more than 
40 years, and another at Symphony 
Space in New York on September 21. 
Elliott’s new string quartet will be 
premiered by the Kreutzer Quartet in 


England (Wilton’s Music Hall in Lon¬ 
don and the University of Cambridge) 
this April. 

Carl I. Margolis died on July 27. 

He was a resident of Rockville, Md. 

At the 2015 American Bar Associa¬ 
tion annual meeting in Chicago on 
August 1, yours truly was inducted into 
the Public Contract Law Section. The 
Fellows is a society of former chairs of 
the section and others who have made 
a significant contribution to the field 
of public contract law. 

1958 


Barry Dickman 
25 Main St. 

Court Plaza North, Ste 104 
Hackensack, NJ 07601 
bdickmanesq@gmail.com 

CC’58, your classmates and friends 
want to hear from you! No news is 
too small, so please send a Class Note 
to me at the email address at the 
top of the column, or use the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 

1959 

Norman Gelfand 
do CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
nmgc59@gmail.com 

Thanks to the response of classmates to 
my plaintive plea, I now have an over¬ 
abundance of material for this issue, 
though I am limited to 2,000 words. 

I heard from Gene Appel, Eddie 
Boylan, Steve Buchman, Jerome 
Charyn, Richard Engelman, Mur¬ 
ray Epstein, Allan Franklin, Alvin 
Halpern, Steve Kallis Jr., Paul Kan- 
tor, Harvey Leifert, Bernie Pucker, 
Lewis Roth, Steve Trachtenberg 
and Ralph Wyndrum Jr. I apologize 
to those whose submissions I couldn’t 
use at this time or had to be edited. 
They will appear in the next issue. 

Alvin Halpern writes: “My wife, 
Mariarosa, and I continue to enjoy our 
life in San Diego, going to concerts, plays 
and lectures when we are not taking long 
walks or enjoying Balboa Park (the Cen¬ 
tral Park of San Diego), with its many 
small but excellent museums and, of 
course, the San Diego Zoo. We also get 
a reasonable, and very enjoyable, dose of 
grandkid time with our grandsons, Luke 
and Zak, who live not too far away. 

“Still, we do get wanderlust 
from time to time. Our most recent 
significant trip, from December 2014 


through January 2015, was a cruise 
around South America (Santiago to 
Buenos Ares), with a few days of cruis¬ 
ing Antarctica. It was all spectacular, 
especially the various penguin colonies. 
We were lucky and had calm seas across 
the Drake Passage and great weather 
while cruising the Palmer Achipelago. 
The Antarctic scenery is surreal, and 
we had some adventures as well, 
including picking up some stranded 
Polish sailors who were retracing one of 
Ernest Shackleton’s expeditions. Their 
adventure became all too real when 
their sailing vessel ran aground near 
the Polish Antarctic Station; they gave 
us some fascinating unscheduled talks 
about their adventures. We recommend 
this trip (South America/Antarctica, 
not Shackleton).” 

From Boulder, Colo., Allan 
Franklin lets us know: “On June 1 
I retired after 48 years as professor of 
physics at the University of Colorado. 
My wife, Cyndi, and I are enjoying 
this more relaxing time, and she is 
continuing her studies of music. It is, 
however, retirement with a small ‘r’ — 

I continue my research on the history 
artd philosophy of physics, and I will 
have a new book, What Makes a Good 
Experiment?: Reasons and Roles in Sci¬ 
ence, available at the end of December 
2015. This past summer, I gave talks 
at both Fermilab and the School of 
Achitecture of the Royal Danish 
Academy of Fine Ats. The highlight 
of the former visit was an excellent 
Italian dinner with our class secretary, 
Norman Gelfand. As befits our status 
as grumpy old men, we deplored the 
decline of liberal arts education and 
lauded alma mater for maintaining its 
Core Curriculum of humanities and 
contemporary civilization.” 

It was great to see Allan and I greatly 
enjoyed the company and the dinner. 

Gene Appel is now a member of 
the zipper club as a result of a suc¬ 
cessful June 12 open heart surgery. He 
reports that he is 99.44 percent back 
to normal and as stubborn as ever, and 
that his wife, Linda, can now spend 
more time writing poetry! 

Murray Epstein updates us on his 
activities since his last submission (he 
also sent some information about his 
professional activities, which will be 
included in the next issue): “All is not 
work. In March, my wife, Nina, and I 
visited South Africa in conjunction with 
my participating in the World Congress 
of Nephrology. We included two lovely 
and memorable vacations. The first, 
a safari to Shamwari Game Reserve 
in Eastern Cape province, which was 
fantastic — a lovely setting and all the 
wildlife we could hope for. Ater my 
medical congress ended, we flew to 
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and stayed 


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at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel, 
built more than a century ago by Cecil 
Rhodes. Victoria Falls truly deserves its 
designation as one of the Wonders of 
the World. Because we planned our trip 
at the height of the wet season, when 
the Zambezi River is flowing in full 
force, we were amazed and mesmerized 
by the power of the falls. As a history 
major, I found the Victoria Falls Hotel 
a delight, and we availed ourselves of 
an excellent historic tour of the hotel, 
complete with photos of all the ‘movers 
and shakers’who were guests: the Brit¬ 
ish Royal family, Henry Kissinger, the 
Clintons and a host of Nobel laureates. 

“In July, Nina and I traveled to 
Sweden for a lovely two-week vacation 
in the province of Ostergodand, with 
side trips to Stockholm and the beautiful 
Baltic Archipelago Sea (a sailor’s dream). 
As I write, we are back home in Miami, 
and preparing to visit our children and 
grandchildren. I wish all classmates a 
healthy, fulfilling and enjoyable year.” 

Richard Engelman informs us: 

“I remain active in cardiac surgical 
research at Baystate Medical Center 
in Springfield, Mass. I have also 
maintained an academic role, having 
published the guideline for tempera¬ 
ture management during cardiopul¬ 
monary bypass, which [as I write] 
was to be adopted for cardiac surgery 
in October 2015 in three respected 
cardiac surgical, anesthesiology and 
perfusion journals simultaneously. My 
wife, Jane BC’61,is an active member 
of our local museum board.” 

“We have three children and seven 
grandchildren, two of whom will gradu¬ 
ate this year, from Penn and Syracuse. 
Our oldest son, Daniel, is a cardiac 
surgeon at Baystate Medical Center and 
chief of intensive care for cardiology. 

He has become a leader in the subject 
of how medical care is to be practiced in 
this era of globalization, with Medicare 
having an ever-greater role in financing 
how we are to practice in the future. 

“My interests are discussing the 
ethics of medical research and how this 
has continued to be a difficult matter 
to regulate. We continue to see the 
publication of falsified research, which is 
difficult to detect, and we may go years 
without any indication that this has 
occurred. It has culminated in patients 
being treated inappropriately and, occa¬ 
sionally, has even prompted good care 
to be discredited because it was reported 
with discredited data. I have given talks 
on this subject in venues around the 
globe and in the United States; I begin 
I begin with film from the Nuremberg 
doctors’trial from 1946 (which is in the 
public domain from the Steven Spielberg 
Film and Video Archive).” 

From Harvey Leifert we learn: 

“For the past couple of years, Morton 


Kievan and I have been meeting 
weekly for lunch. We wonder whether 
any other classmates see each other 
regularly (once every five years at 
reunion does not count).” 

Harvey still loves to travel and has 
visited, in the past few years, the Czech 
Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, 
South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia and 
Mexico, as well as parts of the U.S. 

Lew Roth writes: “In retirement we 
all need to find activities that we can 
enjoy. In addition to golf and tennis, in 
both of which I am mediocre at best, 
bridge has become a passion. I am now 
a life master and a director. I love getting 
out to play at the local bridge clubs and 
at sectional and regional tournaments. I 
wonder if there are bridge players read¬ 
ing this who would be interested in play¬ 
ing online. There is a free website, Bridge 
Base Online (bridgebase.com), where 
players can play against live opponents 
from all over the world. My name on 
that website is ‘Lewr’; contact me if you 
want to play as partners.” 

Ralph Wyndrum Jr. SEAS’59 
informs us: “I retired this past March 
after 10 years of teaching at Rutgers, 

37 years at Bell Labs and four years of 
consulting in between. My wife, Meta, 
and I have begun to take part in the 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics 
Engineers’ active Life Member (LM) 
program. In May it sponsored a trip to 
industries in Europe, which took us to 
Germany, France and Switzerland. 

“The trip was pleasant, informative 
and collegial, and I [again saw] several 
people I had met years earlier on 
patent licensing trips for AT&T. Meta 
and I had taken an LM trip to Japan 
where, in Tokyo, I was greeted by a co¬ 
author from the 1960s, who brought 
a signed copy of the original paper we 
published — what a pleasant surprise! 

“This past August, Meta and I went 
on a pure vacation to Paris, met our 
daughter and her nieces (our grand¬ 
daughters) for dinner in Paris on their 
way back to the U.S., then traveled to 
Burgundy, France, and down the Saone 
and Rhone Rivers to Avignon before 
going to Nice, then flew home. We’re 
looking forward to more in-depth, 
foreign travel.” 

Eddie Boylan writes: “My wife, 
Ruth, and I celebrated our 50th wedding 
anniversary on September 19. Regards to 
my fellow Class of ’59 alumni.” 

From Steve Kallis Jr.: “This year 
marks the 15th anniversary of the pub¬ 
lication of my book, Radio’s Captain 
Midnight: The Wartime Biography. With 
holidays coming up, it’s a worthwhile 
gift for anyone interested in old-time 
radio, WWII and/or aviation.” 

Pagl Kantor sent a wonderful con¬ 
tribution, which requires me to split 
it into two pieces. Here is the first: “It 


seems people take Class Notes to look 
back a long way, and I will, too. In the 
fall after graduation, while room¬ 
ing with Joe D’Atri (who left us too 
soon in the ’90s), Jerry Goodisman 
introduced me to a Barnard physics 
major, Carole Kaplowitz BC’62. We 
clicked. I continued school for my 
Ph.D. in physics (at Princeton) and as 
soon as Carole graduated, we were wed 
at a big Brooklyn synagogue on Ocean 
Parkway (visible from her bedroom 
window). As is so often the case, the 
rabbi did not know us personally, but 
he grasped at the fact that we had 
both majored in physics, to offer the 
audience this gem: ‘Usually opposites 
attract, but in this case we have two 
people who are exactly the same, 
marrying each other.’We kept straight 
faces while our friends and family 
chuckled. As we left the party, the 
cloakroom girl opined, ‘I never saw two 
people dance so much and have such 
a good time at their own wedding.’ It 
was an omen of good things. 

“The next few years were the 
academic meanderings that too many 
physicists know well, even then (and 
more so now). I completed my thesis 
under Sam Treiman, whose brilliance 
I failed to recognize. Then we spent a 
couple of years at Brookhaven National 
Laboratory; I was a post-doc with 
Gian-Carlo Wick, and Carole was an 
editor at Physical Review Letters. Next 
we spent a couple of years at Stony 
Brook, and then did a longer stint at 
Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. 
That was where I learned of our coastal 
provincialism, joking that friends at 
meetings of the American Physical 
Society would look at me from afar 
as if thinking, ‘Isn’t that Kantor? I 
thought he died, or went to the Mid¬ 
west, or something.’ 

“Our sons, both born on ‘Lon 
Gisland’ (remember ‘... suddenly, the 
rat saw ... ’?), grew up in Cleveland 
and, when it came time to find another 
position or change fields, Carole and 
I felt that our sons growing up in a 
stable and sensible place was worth 
more than pursuing the chimera of 
scientific fame. So we stayed.” 

More from Paul in the next issue. 

Steve Buchman writes, “I am sad to 
see that Irv DeKoff, Columbia’s fencing 
head coach from 1952 to 1967, passed 
away in July. [Editor’s note: See college. 
columbia.edu/cct/falll5/roar_lion_ 
roar_0.]. For me (and for many others), 
Irv was a coach, mentor and friend. 
Many teammates were plucked from 
Irv’s physical education classes and given 
a chance to join the varsity team. Many, 
like me, had never fenced before coming 
to Columbia and had the opportunity to 
join that rarity of rarities then, a success¬ 
ful Columbia athletics team. 


“He will be missed by so many of 
us whom he introduced to a whole 
new way of thinking about sports and 
themselves. He had a profound effect 
on my life, and added a dimension to 
my Columbia experience that contin¬ 
ues to resonate.” 

I960 

Robert A. Machleder 
69-37 Fleet St. 

Forest Hills, NY 11375 
rmachleder@aol.com 

September 10, the second Thursday 
of September, was the occasion of our 
class’ regular “first Thursday of the 
month class lunch.”This change in 
schedule may have caused some confu¬ 
sion (undoubtedly it did). 

Nevertheless, David Kirk, Art 
Delmhorst, Bob Berne and I met 
at the appointed time and engaged in 
spirited discussions about politics, the 
Trump phenomenon, the state of our 
culture and of our union, and a variety 
of other foibles and fancies. 

As for other news, I’m sad to report 
that the mailbox has been empty. 
Here’s wishing everyone a happy 
and healthy 2016 and encouraging 
you to write. You can submit updates 
by writing me at the address at the 
top of the column or via the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 


1961 


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Michael Hausig 
19418 Encino Summit 
San Antonio, TX 78259 
mhausig@yahoo.com 

The first lunch meeting of the 
Washington, D.C., chapter of CC’61 
was held on August 4; 13 classmates 
attended. They discussed what they had 
done since college, children, Columbia 
football (this year will be better), a little 
about politics (this year could be worse), 
books written (Mel Urofsky and Tom 
Lippman have books coming out soon) 
and stocks to buy. They hope other 
classmates in the area can join them 
next time, as well as any classmates 


50 CCT Winter 2015-16 







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who happen to be in the area during a 
lunch. They recommend that the New 
York (and now D.C.) lunch model be 
adopted elsewhere; it’s a great way to 
stay in touch. Please contact Mickey 
Greenblatt (mickey@mgreenblatt.com) 
for more information if you are visiting 
D.C. and want to join. 

In 1966, Arnold Abrams JRN’62 
received an East Asian Journalism • 
Fellowship from the Carnegie Founda¬ 
tion, which funded a year at Colum¬ 
bia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute 
(where he learned Chinese and studied 
Asian political history) and another 
year in Hong Kong. Arnie and his 
family lived in Hong Kong from 1968 
to 1976, where he was an Asia-based 
stringer, writing for Newsday and 
other newspapers, as well as several 
magazines. He returned to Newsday in 
1976, where he subsequently was day 
editor, national correspondent, general 
assignment reporter and military 
affairs specialist before retiring in 2005. 

Arnie returned to Vietnam for 
about three weeks this past fall. It is a 
place of memories, moments, friends 
and faces. It is where he came of age 
professionally, and it is forever embed¬ 
ded in his mind, he says. 

He traveled with a friend who knows 
much about Vietnam, but had never 
been there. Their first stop was Hong 
Kong, then he flew to Hanoi for the first 
time, then traveled on to Hue, Da Nang 
and Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City. During 
the trip he returned to My Lai, where 
he spent a day in 1970 with a Marine 
Corps patrol (Arnie says that the doctor 
who vaccinated him before the trip knew 
about Vietnam the way the Class of 
1961 knows about WWII; the doctor 
had never heard of the My Lai massacre, 
which took place in 1968, several years 
before he was born). 

The last leg of the trip was to the 
Mekong Delta. Arnie says that the 
endless rice fields were the greenest 
green he ever saw. In that region is the 
village of Ben Tre, a battle site that 
became a legend of sorts in the late 
1960s when an American officer said, 
“We had to destroy the village in order 
to save it.” Arnie was there during the 
war and, like everywhere else he visited 
in Vietnam, he looked forward to see¬ 
ing it in its present-day version. 

Stuart Newman’s grandson, Lucas 
Melendez —• son of Stuart’s daughter 
Jennifer Newman Melendez ’00 and 
her husband, Lorenzo Melendez III 
’00 — became quite a slugger in Little 
League this past spring and his reward 
was two weeks at Columbia’s Lions 
Baseball Camp. Stuart is proud of 
Lucas, who might be a third-genera¬ 
tion Columbian in eight years. 

Allen Lowrie retired from the Navy 
in October after 45 years of service. He 


has been a geologist for 53 years and 
fives in Mississippi. 

Tom Lippman and his wife, Sidney, 
flew to Istanbul in September to resume 
his late-life gig as a cruise ship lecturer 
aboard the Crystal Serenity , traveling 
from Istanbul to Rome with stops in 
Crete, Malta, Santorini and Sicily. 

On a sad note, Robert Goldfeld 
passed away on September 18. He earned 
a law degree from Harvard in 1964. 

1962 


John Freidin 
654 E. Munger St. 

Middlebury, VT 05753 
jf@bicyclevt.com 

Hope all of you are well and will take 
a few minutes today to send me the 
latest about yourself. 

After 47 years in the paper industry, 
Ed Pressman retired in 2009. For 
38 years he was president and CEO 
of McAfiece Paper Corp. in New 
York. After “retiring,” Ed first worked 
part-time at the Sports & Arts in 
Schools Foundation as its summer camp 
coordinator, where he was responsible for 
providing free summer camps and after¬ 
school programs for inner-city New York 
City children. Since 2010, Ed has been a 
lecturer and seminar leader in the main¬ 
stream and collegium adult education 
programs at Westchester Community 
College. He continues to teach courses 
in classical and show music, American 
history and current events. 

Having attended one of his classes, I 
enthusiastically attest to his knowledge 
and pedagogical talent. Ed has earned a 
large and devoted following; not a seat 
in the hall was empty. He is a paragon of 
the Columbia collegiate education. For 
the past three years he has also served on 
the board of the Collegium. 

On July 21 The New York Times 
published a telling letter by Jeff 
Milstein, parts of which are excerpted 
below (read the full piece at nytimes. 
com/2015/07/21/opinion/invitation- 
to-a-dialogue-america-in-decline. 
html?_r=0). 

“Children born in America today 
may expect to five to the year 2100. 
What kind of fife will our children and 
grandchildren experience? 

“Will it be the American dream of our 
ideals: ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of hap¬ 
piness’; equal justice under law’; democ¬ 
racy; equal opportunity and respect, good 
education and training; a satisfying job 
and income; security, health and shelter in 
a sustainable environment with safe food, 
water and air? ... 

“Americans need to counter the 
basic causes of decline that exist here 
now, as well as other indicators of 


decline, such as workers’ shrinking 
share of wealth, decaying infrastruc¬ 
ture, inflating influence of money in 
politics, and plunging proficiency of 
our political institutions in benefiting 
the general welfare. 

“Abroad we need to reverse the 
declining effectiveness of our efforts to 
realize and sustain American security, 
economic and political goals, while 
avoiding wars, especially a catastrophic 
nuclear war. 

“So what shall we do to regain and 
maintain the American dream for our 
children and grandchildren, to counter 
the decline of America and to avoid 
the disaster of war? Americans must 
address these questions now, before the 
next election. Candidates and citizens 
should specify and critically evaluate 
what they would do. After new policies 
are implemented, we need to continu¬ 
ally re-evaluate them. The stakes are 
high — how our children and grand¬ 
children will five, and the continuation 
of the American dream.” 

Jeff’s letter elicited many responses, 
which were published on July 26 on 
the editorial page of The New York 
Times Sunday Review. You may read 
them at nyti.ms/lLKwbf6. Jeff may be 
reached at Jeffrey_Milstein@msn.com. 

I am deeply saddened to report 
the death on April 15 of Barry H. 
Leeds GSAS’63.The following 
obituary (ahernfuneralhome.com/ 
condolences/?p=4153) is far finer than 
anything I might write: 

“Barry was the CSU Distinguished 
Professor Emeritus at Central Connecti¬ 
cut State University in English and had 
taught at that institution for 47 years. 

His teaching career spanned 52 years, 
including appointments at colleges and 
universities in New York City; Athens, 
Ohio; and El Paso, Texas. 

“Barry had long been despondent 
over the 1996 death of his beloved 
daughter Leslie Lion Leeds, and he was 
recendy diagnosed with terminal cancer. 
He was the author of four books — 
including landmark studies of Norman 
Mailer (whom he counted among his 
friends) and Ken Kesey, along with his 
own autobiography, A Moveable Beast: 
Scenes from My Life — as well as over 
200 articles published in scholarly and 
popular journals as well as anthologies. 

“Barry was most proud of his career 
as a professor, which he considered 
himself first and foremost, and for 
which he received the distinguished 
service award in 1981 from CSU. 

He was editor-in-chief of Con¬ 
necticut Review, an interdisciplinary 
scholarly journal, from 1989-1992, 
and a member of its editorial board 
for over a decade. Born in Brooklyn 
on December 6,1940, Barry joined 
the U.S. Merchant Marine at the age 


of 16, and served as a seaman on five 
freighters and tankers between 1957 
and 1960. He earned his M.A. in 1963 
from Columbia and his Ph.D. from 
Ohio University in 1967. 

“A member of the wrestling team at 
Columbia, Barry also practiced weight 
lifting, karate, ballroom dancing and 
SCUBA diving. He was a trophy¬ 
winning competitive pistol shot, a 
certified range officer at Metacon Gun 
Club and had been the Connecticut 
director of training for CQC (Close 
Quarters Combat). He was fisted in 
Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the 
East, Who’s Who in American Education, 
The Directory of American Scholars and 
other such reference works. Elected to 
the Connecticut Academy of Arts and 
Sciences in 1991, Barry held a lifetime 
appointment in the CSU system as 
CSU Distinguished Professor ... 

“He is survived by his daughter, Brett 
Ashley Leeds, Ph.D., and his grand¬ 
children, Gavin Leeds Woods and Julia 
Leeds Woods, all of Houston, Texas, and 
his mate and best friend, Janice O’Brien 
of Clinton, Conn. He was predeceased 
by his daughter Leslie Lion Leeds, and 
will be buried next to her.” 

Friends, former students and col¬ 
leagues of Barry have established the 
Dr. Barry H. Leeds Award at CCSU in 
his memory. Donations may be made 
to the Barry H. Leeds Memorial Fund, 
do Farmington Bank, 1845 Farming- 
ton Ave., Unionville, CT 06085. 

1963 


Paul Neshamkin 
1015 Washington St., Apt. 50 
Hoboken, NJ 07030 
pauln@helpauthors.com 

Doron Gopstein joined me at Convo¬ 
cation in late August to participate in the 
Alumni Procession. This newish tradi¬ 
tion involves bringing alumni to campus 
to welcome the incoming first-years to 
the Columbia family, and kicks off the 
New Student Orientation Program. The 
welcoming speeches from the deans of 
the College and Engineering are always 
interesting, but it is the enthusiasm of 
the hundreds of cheering, color-coded- 
T-shirt-wearing orientation leaders at 
which I am amazed. Of course, we were 
much cooler than that (in a buttoned- 
down, tweed sports-coat-wearing way) 
and certainly far less organized (as I 
remember, we had practically no coordi¬ 
nation with the administration). All very 
strange for us old ’63ers, but this is a very 
different generation. 

In any case, the College would like to 
build on this tradition and involve more 
alumni. As co-chair of the Columbia 
College Alumni Association Board of 


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Directors’“Celebrate Committee,” in 
charge of reengaging alumni, reinvigorat¬ 
ing old traditions and creating new ones, 
I welcome all of you to remind me of the 
traditions you remember most fondly, 
and to suggest some new ones. Drop me 
an email anytime. 

David Pittinsky writes, “I am a 
full-time commercial litigator at 73, 
but this email is all about the trip of 
a lifetime my wife, Alecia, and I took 
on a safari in South Africa in early 
September. We went to the Singita 
Lebombo Lodge in Kruger National 
Park and the Singita Boulders Lodge 
in Sabi Sand. Among other amazing 
sights, from an open Land Rover we 
were only 20 ft. away from two Hons 
mating for an hour; only 30 ft. from 
watching a mother and daughter chee¬ 
tah stalk, chase at 70 miles per hour, 
kill and eat (yes, eat — this is, after all, 
the survival of the fittest) an impala; 
we sat in the midst of a pride of nine 
lions; we were 20 ft. from a leopard 
eating what remained of a carcass; we 
were surrounded by elephants, includ¬ 
ing a newly born elephant, watching 
rhinos and hippos; we trailed and then 
had a leopard walk right by our Land 
Rover; we watched several giraffes 
from 30 ft.; and we sat in the midst of 
a herd of 500 buffalo. 

“It is impossible to summarize 
everything that occurred on our safari 
so I will send you my eight daily 
reports. (Note: I have posted all eight 
days of David’s journal to cc63ers.com.) 
My dear wife took more than 2,000 
photos and several videos with excellent 
camera equipment, and she is in the 
process of culling the best from them. 

If anyone wants to know more about a 
Singita safari, he should contact me.” 

Nick Zill is still up to his political 
shenanigans and has posted another 
short video on YouTube. It reveals 


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Donald Trump’s plan to “head off” 
ISIS leaders. Nick says, “Some may 
find it shocking, others, inspiring. Dick 
Cheney exclaimed: ‘It makes me proud 
to be an American again.’You will find 
it at youtu.be/xtvrAJ8Kdws.” 

Paul Gorrin promised a more “spir¬ 
ited” update, but until I receive it, here 
is a brief note he recently emailed me: 
“I closed my internal medicine/allergy 
practice in a small town in southern 
Delaware three years ago; I wrote some 
about it in Humanities in Medicine, an 
online publication from the Yale Jour¬ 
nal of Biology and Medicine. I am still 
married to the still-lovely Ann Robin¬ 
son, whom I met in Vermont when I 
was at UVM doing a post-doc in lung 
cancer immunology, which gave me 
my start in allergy medicine. We have 
four children, and a granddaughter due 
in a few days [as I write]. I am revis¬ 
ing a play about the Roebling family 
(builders of the Brooklyn Bridge), 
am reading evolutionary biology and 
Jewish history, and am keeping an eye 
on English Premier League Soccer via 
a fantasy league.” 

Robert Shlaer copied me on 
an invitation to a screening in San 
Francisco of Carvalho's Journey, a docu¬ 
mentary by Steve Rivo about Solomon 
Nunes Carvalho, the Sephardic Jewish 
daguerreotypist from Charleston, S.C., 
who accompanied John C. Fremont’s 
fifth westward expedition in 1853. 
Carvalho’s images were among the 
first to record the grandeur of the 
American West. The film’s website 
notes, “The film interweaves stunning 
HD digital and 16mm film landscape 
cinematography, rare 19th century 
photographs and artwork, Carv¬ 
alho’s own surviving paintings and 
daguerreotypes, and interviews with 
scholars and artists, including modern 
day daguerreotypist Robert Shlaer, 
who recreates Carvalho’s original 
daguerreotypes on location.” 

Bob, I hope the film gets good distri¬ 
bution and we all have a chance to see it. 

Rich Juro LAW’66 sent this 
update: “Since selling our business 
seven years ago, my wife, Fran, and 
I have been traveling more than 
ever. We’ve now been to about 170 
nations: every country in the Western 
Hemisphere and Europe (including 
the breakaway republics of Transnistria 
and Nagorno-Karabakh), with one to 
go in Oceania; four in Asia; and about 
20 in Africa. The best part is meeting 
local people and learning about their 
customs and culture. 

“At home I’m pretty involved with 
grandkids and three nonprofits: ACLU- 
Nebraska, ADL Plains States Region 
and the Omaha Community Playhouse. 
Although my main ‘job’ at the Playhouse 
is as volunteer VP of development, I 


recently appeared in the bit part of Sir 
Not Appearing in Spamalot. Hope to 
see many of you at the January class lun¬ 
cheon, and next June in Omaha, when 
the Lions finally make it to the finals of 
the College World Series.” 

Rich, if the Lions make it to the 
finals, save me a seat! 

Barry Jay Reiss writes, “My grand¬ 
daughter (believe it or not) began a post¬ 
graduate program at Teachers College 
this fall. I had the pleasure of showing 
her around campus, top to bottom, and it 
brought back the usual fond memories. 
V8cT is still open, and we had its great 
pizza for lunch along with a chat with 
our waiter, whose father was a waiter 
there in the ’60s and remembered the 
curry (which is no longer served). As I 
was a WKCR guy I also took her up to 
the station, which is as chaotic and messy 
as I remember it. The folks couldn’t 
have been nicer, and it was also good to 
hear the station is still very much a part 
of the University. We had coffee and a 
soda outside at the nice litde cafe they 
now have in the corner of the Journal¬ 
ism School and enjoyed watching the 
passing people. Finally we ‘shopped’ at 
the farmers market parade of everything 
from pizza and burgers to baguettes and 
cheese, set up on trucks and tables along 
Broadway near campus.” 

Lee Lowenfish regularly posts 
blog entries about Columbia baseball 
along with his observations on MLB 
(leelowenfish.com/blog.htm). Well 
worth a read if you are a baseball (and 
Columbia) fan like me. 

Here is another plug for my former 
roommate Frank Partel’s latest book, 
Down in Laos. Kirkus Reviews says: 
“Military details and dialogue are 
impressive; giving palpable authenticity 
to the story and the characters’interac¬ 
tions ... illuminates not just the war 
but the internal conflicts of those who 
had to fight it, from religious doubt to 
social upheaval. The result is a ripping, 
visceral read.” 

If anyone would like me to plug 
their book (or anything else), just let 
me know! 

I am sorry to report that I have just 
learned of the death of Bill Goebel. 
My initial research found that he died 
on October 23,2013. If any of you 
have details or would like to share 
memories of Bill, please send them to 
me. I remember talking to him several 
times at our class lunches about his 
memories of his days as the basketball 
team manager. Requiescat in pace. 

Remember, our regular class lunches 
at the Columbia University Club of 
New York are always a great place to 
reconnect. If you’re in NYC, try to 
make one of the next lunches, which are 
scheduled for January 14, February 11 
and March 10 — it’s always the second 


Thursday of the month. By the way, our 
class has been having lunches for 12 
years now; more than 80 different class¬ 
mates have attended and many schedule 
their trips to NYC so that they can join 
us. Check cc63ers.com for details. 

In the meantime, let us know what 
you are up to, how you’re doing and 
what’s next. 

1964 

Norman Olch 
233 Broadway 
New York, NY 10279 
norman@nolch.com 

I am writing this column early in Octo¬ 
ber, and the beautiful days of early fall 
have given way to hurricane warnings. 
But the Yankees have a playoff spot (for 
now) and while the Columbia football 
team lost its first two games, they are 
showing signs of promise. [Editor’s 
note: The Lions won their first game of 
the season on October 10.] 

And the Class of ’64 rolls on. We 
have resumed our informal monthly 
lunches on the second Thursday of 
every month. So if you find yourself 
in Manhattan on that day, join us at 
the Columbia University Club of New 
York on West 43rd Street. In Septem¬ 
ber, Steve Case, Allen Tobias, Beril 
Lapson and Fred Kantor were there, 
as was Bernard Catalinotto (in from 
California). Bernard, a mapmaker, 
explained over lunch that he had 
recently received a patent for a grid 
system that will enable rescue workers 
to more quickly locate people lost in 
the wild or in sparsely populated areas. 

Allen Tobias forwarded to me a 
New York Times column published on 
November 25,2014, by Jim Dwyer 
JRN’80 following the death of John 
Donaldson, father of Pete Donald¬ 
son. The elder Donaldson was a mail¬ 
man by day and a writer of novels and 
poems at night. The column beautifully 
captures the character of Pete’s father, 
and the lasting impact of a father on 
his children. Pete is the Ford Inter¬ 
national Professor of Humanities and 
Professor of Literature at M.I.T. He 
is also the director of M.I.T.’s Global 
Shakespeares Video and Performance 
Archive, which provides online access 
to performances of Shakespeare from 
many parts of the world as well as 
essays and metadata from scholars and 
educators in the field. Read it here: 
nytimes.com/2014/11/26/nyregion/a- 
passion-for-writing-about-war-and- 
love-is-celebrated-decades-later.html. 

Jeff Sol, who lives in Hawaii, and 
his wife, Simin, will return to America 
from a trip to Europe in time for 
Homecoming and the band reunion. 


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Now that the summer doldrums 
are long past, send me a note. Your 
classmates want to hear from you. You 
can submit updates to Class Notes by 
writing me at the addresses at the top 
of this column or by using the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 


1965 


Leonard B. Pack 
924 West End Ave. 
New York, NY 10025 
packlb@aol.com 


Our 50th reunion was so successful 
that I asked attendees to share their 
impressions. Here are the responses: 

Michael Cook (Michael.Cook@srz. 
com): “First, classmates told me reunion 
[ was a huge success. In the words of Lou 

Goodman, it represented the best of 
Columbia College: ‘smart and funny.’ 
We finally got it right after 50 years; 
having our accomplished classmates run 
three substantive programs made the 
difference. Bob Kronleys deft moderat¬ 
ing of the economists’panel on Friday 
► confirmed his superb charm and social 

skills. The Saturday lunch with the panel 
of our physician classmates impressed all 
of us, including spouses and significant 
others. Alan Green’s report of his 
L conversation with his 100-year-old 


uncle still resonates: we’re still ‘kids.’The 
panel’s confirmation that our forgetting 
[ names had ‘no medical significance’ also 

registered. Finally, the well-orchestrated 
Saturday dinner, with the trivia contest 
and the Kingsmen in the background, 
made the weekend. I vividly recall Leon- 
L ard Pack lugging reunion directories 

into Casa Italiana, Dan Carlinskys 
masterful direction of the program and 
Steve Handzo’s awesome command of 
trivia (Who is he? What is his story?).” 

L Stan Feinsod (stanfeinsod@ 

astound.net): “One of the remarkable 
things about reunion was the number 
of classmates, never before encoun¬ 
tered (according to my 50-year-old 
[ memories), who were interesting and 

entertaining conversationalists; it was 
an amazing few days of meeting and 
talking to strangers who were class¬ 
mates 50 years ago — very enjoyable. 

“I have one quick story about a 
person whom I was very interested in 
seeing and who had registered. I did 
not see him at all (and could not have 
recognized him if I did). But on the way 
to the Saturday dinner, sitting on a bus 
(the subway was closed), someone in a 
suit sat next to me. I asked, ‘What class?’ 
He said,‘65.’I introduced myself and, 
amazingly, it was the very person I had 
been eager to see — Howard Katzoff 
SEAS’65. We had a great reunion.” 


Gene Feldman (feldman.gene<® 
gmail.com): “Our 50th reunion was a 
delightful time. Upon arriving, I was 
pleased to see that the neighborhood 
above West 121st Street has gentrified. 
I was nearly lost on the north part of 
campus with its new buildings, plazas 
and stairs but the south campus looked 
as it did then. We checked in with a 
barcode on our smartphones — what 
a contrast to 1965 tech, when we used 
slide rules! The highlight was catching 
up with some friends and talking with 
several less-familiar classmates. I was 
happy that most of the men at reunion 
were fit and working at careers they 
enjoy. A few, like me, have moved on 
to the next phase of their lives. It was 
a pleasure to see our correspondent, 
Leonard Pack; Don Bachman (fel¬ 
low Bronx Science alum); and my for¬ 
mer roommate Neil Smith LAW’69 
(patent lawyer extraordinaire). I missed 
Jay Roberts, Daniel Waitzman and 
Richard Taruskin, who shared my 
passion for music and physics.” 

Peter Fudge (psf.steady@yahoo. 
com): “Although I was on the Reunion 
Committee, I was only able to attend 
a limited number of events. My wife, 
Kathy, and I enjoyed them very much 
and I am happy to say that I think the 
whole thing went off very well. One 
event that had special meaning to 
me was going to the Baker Athletics 
Complex. Wow! I felt like I was at some 
Big Ten school in the Midwest with all 
those impressive new (to me) athletics 
facilities. Columbia was always some¬ 
what of an underachiever in athletics 
(although we did try hard, I can assure 
you!), and it was nice to see that first- 
class facilities have sprung up. The old 
boathouse was better than it was in my 
day and the old locker room building 
was still pretty much intact — includ¬ 
ing the wooden plaques carved with the 
names of all my fellow oarsmen on the 
walls in the big room upstairs. Brought 
back great memories.” 

Tom Gualtieri (ctgualtieri# 
ncneuropsych.com): “Reunion was 
bittersweet for me, and here’s why. It’s 
said that ‘Youth is a wonderful thing, 
too bad it’s wasted on the young.’The 
reunion made me think of the friends 
I might have made, the good friends I 
haven’t seen in a long time, the things 
I might have learned and the things I’d 
do differently. I don’t think I realized 
that Columbia was as challenging to 
everyone else as it was to me. If I had, 
I’d have appreciated why we were all 
so uptight. It’s said college is the best 
years of your fife. My best years are 
right now, but if I had a wish it would 
be to go back to September 1961, 
knowing half of what I know now. The 
things I learned at Columbia didn’t 
open me up, then. They just stayed 


alumni news 


with me and have opened my mind 
ever further with every passing year.” 

Howard Matz (ahm@birdmarella. 
com): “Reunion was very enjoyable. 

For me, the highlight was not a par¬ 
ticular event but the more gratifying 
general experience of learning about 
the interesting, accomplished and 
sometimes inspiring lives and careers 
of so many classmates whom I did not 
know and (unfortunately for me) did 
not make it my business to get to know 
more than 50 years ago.” 

Noah Robbins (nrobbins# 
montefiore.org): “Our 50th reunion 
was an extraordinary experience 
for me. The campus was eminendy 
recognizable, with several additions 
and no obvious deletions. The Friday 
night panel on ‘Where Is the World 
Economy Headed and Can We Do 
Better?’ offered me insights into global 
economics and wealth disparity. I 
chatted briefly with Archie Roberts, 
for whom I was hilariously mistaken 
at McGill. Dean James J. Valentini’s 
talk at the Saturday breakfast reassured 
me that the Core Curriculum is alive 
and well (and updated). Professor of 


many conversations with classmates, 
most of whom I had not seen for at 
least 15 years (and most for 50 years). 
The panel discussions were excellent 
(with bias, as I participated in one of 
them). But the most fun was being 
around the campus again with my 
wife, Polly, whom I met in May of our 
freshman year at a fraternity mixer 
(Delta Phi). The Saturday dinner was 
great. All in all, a lot of thoughtful 
conversations and warm camaraderie.” 

Steve Steinig (ssteinig71@gsb. 
columbia.edu): “The limited portions 
of reunion that I attended provided a 
satisfying introduction and reintroduc¬ 
tion to classmates as well as an oppor¬ 
tunity to catch up with a handful I see 
from time to time. But the biographies 
that classmates submitted did an even 
better job of that, walking through col¬ 
lege memories of classmates and sum¬ 
marizing the 50 years since then, often 
in a highly reflective manner. I suggest 
that for our 75th anniversary we collect 
and distribute the biographies first and 
then have the reunion.” 

Jay Woodworth (woodyl7620@ 
aol.com): “[Former Columbia College 


David Pittinsky ’63 took a South African safari, visiting 
the Singita Lebombo Lodge in Kruger National Park and 
the Singita Boulders Lodge in Sabi Sand. 


Biological Sciences and Chemistry 
Brent Stockwell’s lecture on apoptosis 
reminded me of those uncertain 
days in freshman year when I sat in 
Professor Harry Gray’s chemistry class 
wondering why ligand field theory was 
a prerequisite for medical school. The 
lunch panel on the neuropsychiatric 
aspects of aging was both humbling 
and optimistic (Dennis Selkoe’s 
comments on research into the 
development of monoclonal antibodies 
directed against Alzheimer’s protein 
were particularly uplifting). 

“At the Saturday cocktail party, I 
conversed with old friends (like Peter 
Sack, whom I introduced to his wife, 
Anne Nucci) and made new ones 
(Bob Pantell invited me to visit him 
in Hawaii). The trivia contest brought 
tears to my eyes. When it was all over, I 
introduced myself to someone I did not 
recognize sitting at my table. It was Joe 
Nalven, the fencer who took several 
philosophy courses with me, Dan Car- 
linsky and David Denby a half-century 
ago. In summary, our 50th reunion was 
outstanding and quite unforgettable!” 

Dennis Selkoe (dselkoe@rics.bwh. 
harvard.edu): “I had a wonderful time 
at the 50th and thoroughly enjoyed 


Fund staff member] Sydney Maisel, 
who should be made an honorary 
member of CC’65 for her diligent 
work on our behalf, wrote the other 
day with a recap of how we’d done (by 
the way, Sydney has been promoted 
and has moved to the University 
Office of Alumni and Development). 
Former College dean Harry Coleman 
’46 would be proud of us; the breadth 
and depth of our fundraising for the 
College was impressive. 

“Our class reached $756,000 in 
unrestricted giving to the Columbia 
College Fund, slightly exceeding our 
goal of $750,000 in Fund A (College 
giving). Our previous best effort was 
in 2005 for our 40th reunion, when 
we raised $288,000. On the broader, 
comprehensive Fund B (overall giving), 
which includes gifts to athletics pro¬ 
grams, endowed chairs and multi-year 
gifts, we blew through our lofty goal of 
$6 million by more than 2Vi times! 

“The class achieved a 35 percent 
giving participation rate, which is more 
than any of the last four 50th reunion 
classes. We also finished with 55 John 
Jay Associates-level gifts ($1,500 or 
more), which is significandy more 
than the 50th reunion results for the 


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Class Notes 


Class of 1963 (40 John Jays) and 
1962 (38 John Jays). This confirms our 
committee’s view that our giving effort 
was broad-based, rather than centered 
around one major donor. 

“I’m enormously proud of our class¬ 
mates, who turned out in large numbers 
for reunion and followed through with 
generous gifts. Several classmates had 
never before supported the College Fund 
but came through with gifts and then 
made supplemental gifts. I thank Larry 
Guido for his invaluable and generous 
support as my co-chair of the Class Gift 
Committee; I couldn’t have managed 
the task without him. Our regional and 
athletics chairs also did a great job; their 
leadership knew no bounds. But, at the 
end of May, it was the 200 members of 
CC’65 who delivered an outstanding gift 
for alma mater. I’m so proud of them!” 

Robert Yunich (rhyunich@gmail. 
com): “It was amazing to see my fra¬ 
ternity brother Tom Gualtieri, whom 
I had not seen since graduation. I 
didn’t realize that Tom had become so 
renowned in the branch of psychiatry 
in which he practices. It was like we 
never left the fraternity house; we 
exchanged email addresses and hope 
to keep in touch. During Thursday’s 
lunch in the tent on South Lawn, I 
stared at the fafade of Furnald, looked 
where I thought my dorm room (932) 
was and could hardly believe that 50 
years passed by so quickly.” 

Owen Zurhellen (zurhellenl@ 
aol.com): “Seeing so many of our 
classmates again and having strong, 
positive recollections of our time at 
Columbia was tremendously enjoyable 
for me — as clearly it was to all of 
us. We were, indeed, a special class. 
Unexpectedly (to me at least), reunion 
provided a life’s juncture that fostered 
— even compelled — broad-reaching 
self-reflection for me. I’d be interested 
to know if anyone else experienced a 
similar phenomenon.” 

Martin LeWinter (martin. 
lewinter@vtmednet.org) responded 
with this non-reunion report: “I am 
on the board of the Lake Champlain 
Chamber Music Festival, a wonder¬ 
ful week-long, world-class event that 
anyone interested in chamber music 
should check out; it takes place at the 
end of August in the Burlington, Vt., 
area. The festival strives to have young 
musicians and composers participate, 
and my wife, Barbara, and I always 
have two or three staying at our house. 
This year we had three: a violin-viola- 
cello trio; the cellist is Sujin Lee T3. 

“On a Monday during their stay, the 
trio was joined for dinner at our house 
by pianist Gilles Vonsattel ’03, who is 
getting pretty famous in the classical 
music world. After dinner we were 
treated to an unplanned, two-hour 


piano quartet concert, with my-wife 
and I as the sole audience. It was a 
memorable musical evening thanks to 
these two wonderfully talented recent 
alumni and their colleagues.” 

I noticed a witty letter to the editor 
from Richard Taruskin in the June 7 
New York Times Sunday Book Review. 
The Book Review had published a review 
by Cynthia Ozick of Harold Bloom’s 
new book, The Daemon Knows: Literary 
Creatures and the American Sublime. Hear 
the echoes of the Core Curriculum in 
Richard’s response: “You sure know how 
to pick them. Cynthia Ozick on Harold 
Bloom on the American sublime! 

An overwriter overwriting about an 
overwriter who overwrites about the 
overwritten! Sober exegetes uniteT 


1966 


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Rich Forzani 
413 Banta Ave. 

Garfield, NJ 07026 
rforzani1@optonline.net 

You have been receiving emails about 
our 50th reunion. Please plan to 
attend; it will be very special, mainly 
because the Reunion Committee 
would like to get you guys here while 
you are still mobile, and also because 
this will be one of the last and best 
times to reunite with old friends and 
acquaintances and relive the fun, 
stupidity, naivete and idealism of 
1962-66. As most of you must realize, 
that time was a stupendous era for not 
only us but also for the world. 

From Ken Fox: “Fifty years later, 
Columbia still matters to me. In the 
’90s I gave up teaching and went to law 
school. Then I pursued 20 years of law, 
mostly criminal defense. It actually didn’t 
involve much law, day-to-day it’s more 
like social work. Contrary to popular 
belief, the clients know they’re guilty, 
they just want a better deal before they 
plead. My motto: Avoid juries at all cost. 
Criminal defense lawyers call going to 
trial ‘rolling the dice’; as at casinos, the 
odds always favor the house. 

“This year I retired and went back 
to history writing. I became interested 
in the sociology of the 1950s, which 
led me to Columbia’s Rare Book 8c 
Manuscript Library, in Butler, where 


I discovered the papers of [Professor] 
Robert K. Merton. He never taught 
undergraduate courses, although I think 
sociology majors were allowed in his 
graduate courses. This seems a strange 
policy, because a large number of his 
grad students were social workers only 
seeking a master’s. I would like to talk 
to any of you who took his classes or 
even got a sociology degree. 

“Merton saved virtually every piece 
of correspondence from 1935 to 2002, 
and it fills many boxes. In 1948, he 
tried to analyze (and publish a study 
of) letters received by Dwight Eisen¬ 
hower, then Columbia’s president, 
urging him to seek the Republican 
nomination after [TV and radio per¬ 
sonality] Walter Winchell had encour¬ 
aged people in a radio broadcast to 
write Ike. Hundreds of letters poured 
in and Eisenhower gave permission 
to analyze them and later publish a 
book, or so Merton thought. When 
the manuscript was ready he met with 
Eisenhower three times to summarize 
and explain the findings. Later Merton 
told his staff it had been like talking 
to a semi-sophisticated shoe sales¬ 
man! Plans for publication were far 
advanced when one of Eisenhower’s 
aides announced the project was being 
canceled and that all materials were 
to be returned, including the book 
manuscript. While he was University 
president, Eisenhower had two aides 
from the military with him every day; 
the military didn’t want to lose him 
and, sometime later in his Columbia 
presidency, he became head of NATO. 
Merton’s project appears to have been 
canceled because the aides convinced 
Eisenhower that he might seek the 
Republican nomination in 1952 and 
the letters project might prove detri¬ 
mental four years on. Merton remained 
interested in this kind of sociology, and 
in 1952 contacted Adlai Stevenson, 
whom he favored for President quite 
ardendy, about analyzing his letters. 
Stevenson was enthusiastic but no 
funding could be arranged and the 
project never got started. 

“Our class preceded the events of 
Spring ’68 but Dean David Truman 
was at the center of the storm. In the 
’90s he wrote a memoir of the events, 
which his son later made available in 
mimeo. It is very interesting. Truman 
was on track to replace Grayson Kirk 
as University president. When names 
were solicited for Kirk’s replacement 
in summer 1968, Merton explained 
that he would have favored Truman 
but felt it would not work, and not 
because of any fault and incapacity of 
Truman’s. Truman says in the memoir 
that they feared rioters from Harlem 
might come on campus because of the 
controversy over the gym in Morn- 


ingside Park and he met at one point 
with black political leaders in hopes of 
avoiding this. Truman is quite hard on 1 

Kirk, blaming him for leaving the ship 
to steer itself, saying that Kirk was on 
the boards of many corporations and 
spent a great deal of his time down¬ 
town at their meetings; Kirk told Tru- < 

man he was making so much money 
from this involvement that he relied on 
his Columbia salary to pay the income 
taxes on his corporate earnings. 

“Other stuff I’ve done: I dabbled in J 

op-ed writing for my hometown paper, 

Connecticut’s New Haven Register. In 
one piece I proposed a new designa¬ 
tion for a month: White Men’s History 
Month. It was to be January, which 
gets the most snow. I got to know the 
paper’s editorial page editor; once, after 
attending a ’66 reunion — the 40th 
I think — I told him about it. He of 
course asked what college and year, 
after which he told me he was in our 
class. His name is Charles Kochakian 
and I think he lived in Furnald. We 
didn’t know each other back then. I 
have been trying to get him to come to 
reunions but with no success so far. 

“My wife and I have a wonderful son, 
who of course returned home to live with < 

us after college. Actually we enjoy having 
him and, since a couple of years later, 
his girlfriend. We don’t feel we can take 
credit for how he has turned out. When 
people tell me about their children’s 
travails I wonder: Did we do something 
with our son that they have not? I doubt 
it. All credit goes to him. \ 

“I became interested in singer Leon¬ 
ard Cohen and my wife and I went to 
a concert he gave in Connecticut (they 
could have put up a sign saying ‘Under 
65 Not Admitted’). One of our friends, 1 

who grew up in Montreal, was there 
and had dated Cohen in high school! 

Quite a few men, and some women, 

came dressed as Leonard. His advice 

that struck me: “The older I get, the j 

surer I am that I’m not in charge.”’ 

Russ Donaldson writes: “Like 
most of us, I’m retired, but unlike 
many, I still live in the house my 
wife and I have shared since 1977. 

There must be something about this 
place — maybe the daunting aspect 
of packing up all our junk for a move 
— that keeps us here in a suburb of 
Rochester, N.Y., where I was for many 
years a legal editor. Even when our two 
children were born, instead of moving 
to a bigger house, we just made the 
house bigger. I suppose it’s too big for 
just the two of us now (three, counting 
the dog), but it’s become family after 
all the work we put into it.” 

Edward Fink has been on the fac¬ 
ulty at Maryland for 34 years, includ¬ 
ing a 10-year stint as department chair. 

He left Maryland this past summer to 


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join the faculty at Temple as professor 
of strategic communication. His wife, 
r Deborah Cai, is a professor and senior 

associate dean of Temple’s School of 
Media and Communication; at long 
last they are now in the same city. 
Between them they have five daughters 
r (just like Tevye) and two grandchil¬ 

dren. Ed’s daughters are in Maryland 
and complain about abandonment, but 
Ed’s view is that a 23£-hour trip is not 
so terrible: “They can visit!” 

Richard “Rick” Davis GSAS’74 
writes: “I retired just this year from 
the anthropology department at Bryn 
Mawr after 37 years of teaching and 
doing prehistoric archaeology. I’ve 
[ spent time digging and probing in lots 

of places it’s hard to get to now — 

Iran, eastern Turkey, northern Afghan- 
I * 1 istan, Tajikistan — but also Siberia and 

many visits to the eastern Aleutians. It 
L provided endless fascination and dirty 

fingernails. The best thing, though, is 
having a large and growing family: four 
children (including son Alex Davis ’04) 
and five grandchildren. It really does 
keep my head spinning. No question 
my undergraduate years at Columbia 
were transformative and truly fun; I 
► even stayed on for another few years to 

get a doctorate. I would do it all again 
in a New York minute.” 

More from Michael Feingold: 

“Since leaving The Village Voice, I’ve been 
, teaching a course in theater history for 

undergrad theater majors at Fordham 
and a course in classic film performances 
\ for first-year acting students at the 

Atlantic Theatre Studio. I’ve also man¬ 
aged to retain my chairmanship of the 
Village Voice Obie Awards. 

“I’ve also been writing a monthly 
L essay-column, ‘Thinking About Theater,’ 

for TheaterMania.com, for which, this 
year, I had the exceptional honor of 
receiving the Nathan Award for a second 
time. Among the five other double 
[ winners is Bob Brustein GSAS’57, my 

senior seminar professor at Columbia 
and under whose aegis I worked at Yale 
and at the American Repertory Theater 
— I owe him an incredible amount! 

“I’ve recendy finished translating 
a new French play, Molieres Feast (Le 
Banquet d’Auteuil) by Jean-Marie 
Besset, which [was scheduled to have] 
a reading at the New York Theatre 
i Workshop in November. Best of all, 

I’ve just learned that my own play, 
Ragozine or The Second-Best Bed Trick, 
will be getting a one-week workshop 
at Ratdestick Playwright’s Theater 
^ sometime this fall. I would offer some 

reminiscences, but as you can see I’m 
far too busy keeping up to look back! 
See you at reunion if I’m not stuck in a 
rehearsal hall somewhere.” 

Your correspondent had the serious 
pleasure of attending our season football 


opener at Fordham on September 19 
with Harvey Kurzweil and several 
hundred other Lions fans. To say the 
team’s performance was amazingly 
different and better than what we’ve 
observed during the past few years is an 
understatement. Suffice to say, we expect 
a radically improved team as we go 
forward under a new administration and 
coaching staff. Go Lions! 

Finally, the Reunion Commit¬ 
tee asks all of you to provide us with 
thoughts or suggestions regarding res¬ 
taurant venues (i.e., types of cuisines) 
or other activities for reunion (possibly 
open-air, double-deck bus tours, boat 
tours around Manhattan, theater group 
activities, museum tours, etc.). You can 
email your ideas to me at rforzaniK® 
optonline.net. We want this to be an 
incredible experience that you can 
share with your partner, your family 
and your old friends. 

1967 


Albert Zonana 
425 Arundel Rd. 

Goleta, CA 93117 
az164@columbia.edu 

Mott Greene writes: “I retired as the 
John B. Magee Professor of Science 
and Values at the University of Puget 
Sound in July 2012, after 27 years. 
Since then I have been working and 
writing at home in Seattle while con¬ 
tinuing my academic career as affiliate 
professor of earth and space sciences 
at Washington. My latest book, Alfred 
Wegener: Science, Exploration, and 
the Theory of Continental Drift, was 
scheduled to come out in October. My 
first book took me six years; my second 
book, 10 years; and this last one, 20 
years. Unless I can figure out some way 
to reverse this trend, this may well be 
my last, as I will be 70 in December. 

I am also a dramaturge with ACT 
Theatre in Seattle working to develop a 
stage production of the Japanese war¬ 
rior epic Heike Monogatari in 2017. 

“I continue to enjoy life in the 
Pacific Northwest with my wife, Jo 
Leffingwell. My daughter, Annie 
Greene, is a Montessori teacher in 
Seattle and is planning to return to 
school for a Ph.D. in anthropology 
to follow up her master’s in Japanese 
from Washington. 

“As I haven’t seen it noted in CCT, 
it is my sad task to report the July 2013 
death of Robert G. Hickes PS’71 of 
an infection contracted while practic¬ 
ing medicine at Crouse Hospital in 
Syracuse, N.Y. Bob was a great athlete 
(All-Ivy second baseman for the Lions 
and later an excellent tennis player 
and golfer), an avid (and expert) fly 


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fisherman and a bridge Grandmaster. 
He was also my brother-in-law, mar¬ 
ried for many years to my sister, Joyce 
Greene NRS’69. Bob was the son of 
John Hickes ’39, PS’42 and father 
of Katie Hickes Karpenstein ’97 and 
Emily Hickes Meyn (Wells College). 
Bob practiced medicine for many 
years in Ithaca, N.Y., in oncology and 
hematology before moving to Syracuse, 
and was well-known and loved in both 
of these towns simply as ‘Doc.’ He was 
extremely proud of his connection to 
Columbia and prized both the educa¬ 
tion and the friendships that came 
from it. He is much missed.” 

Ed Yasuna wrote: ‘Tve allowed 
weeks, months and decades to pass 
without responding to Al’s and CCT s 
urgings to share with classmates some¬ 
thing about my world since Columbia 
[Note: This was written originally in 
1999, and has been updated for this issue 
of CCT]. I should open by saying that 
my time at Columbia was excellent and I 
have been proud of the College (and the 
University) all my life. How blessed I am 
that admissions in the early’60s was far 
more gracious than now; were it not, I’d 
be someone else! 

“Life has been good to me, and I 
hope I have been good to life. Within 
a year, a while back, one of my high 
school classmates was elected to the 
National Baseball Hall of Fame (for 
sports writing) and a College classmate 
won the Nobel Prize in Medicine [Edi¬ 
tor’s note: Richard Axel.] My depres¬ 
sion and diminishment lasted about 
seven minutes, until I consoled myself 
that neither was a champion-quality 
hall monitor as was I, nor could either 
get sophomores to write fairly decent 
haiku, and maybe could not even hit a 
one-handed topspin backhand. 

“Fifteen years ago I had a transfor¬ 
mative experience: I spent a wondrous 
year on a Fulbright scholarship, 
teaching English as a foreign language 
at a ‘regular’ high school in Helsinki. 
My application essay focused on 
resdessness and risk-taking; the former 
I know well, the latter sometimes 
surprises me. I recalled my first days 
(I was 13) at boarding school (the 
Groton School), a world foreign to 
me, my family and my background. 

Jim Waugh, my English teacher (‘Sir,’ 
of course) at the school, pigeon-toed 
toward me, holding high my first essay, 
a flowery, aimed-to-please piece. ‘Do 
you talk like this?’ he growled. He 
flipped the paper at my desk, adding, 
‘Then don’t write like this.’I began to 
value voice, detail and honesty in writ¬ 
ing. That has guided my teaching for 
30 years [now over 40 years]. 

“I’ve stayed in touch with Jim. The 
detective in the two mystery novels 
I’ve written (Agatha Christie meets 


Virginia Woolf, I’d like to imagine) 
is based on him. I wrote those books 
after leaving teaching in Los Angeles 
in 1984.1 had started a ‘serious’ novel, 
and didn’t want to grow old without 
seeing if I could finish it. So I left 
L.A., moved to Cape Cod with my 
meager savings and wrote every day for 
four years while teaching part-time at 
the community college. And though 
my agent only ‘came really close’ to 
getting the books published — she has 
probably long since forgotten me! — I 
wouldn’t change the experience an iota. 
Maybe that — the challenge of new 
experiences — helps explain why I 
have always collected stamps, love for¬ 
eign movies, suffer with the Red Sox, 
collect wine, play tennis (especially 
doubles), ski, and build goldfish and 
water gardens in my yard. 

“After bucolic Groton I went to 
Columbia. New York seemed the right 
experience. I enjoyed classes with Lionel 
Trilling ’25, GSAS’33; Kenneth Koch; 
Howard Davis; Barbara Novak; and 
especially Carl Hovde ’50; New York 
in the mid-’60s; and classmates of 
extraordinary wit and talent. I spent six 
months studying at the University of 
Copenhagen during junior year, which 
was only one of many highlights from 
that time. Convincing Dean Irving 
DeKoff to grant me a leave, to grant me 
credit for the courses in Denmark and 
to put it in writing (after all, had he not, 
I’d have lost my student deferment, been 
drafted, been sent to ’Nam and been 
probably shot — bad career choices, all) 
was not easy. In those days, one simply 
did not study abroad. Things certainly 
have changed. 

“I really liked Columbia. Through 
the years I’ve often wished I had spent 
more time wandering the Village, going 
to the Fillmore, perhaps hanging at 
Warhol’s Factory. But then I remind 
myself that I occasionally went to class, 
read an assignment, wrote an essay and 
studied for an exam. The readings were 
often overwhelming, in size if not in 
scope. One week to read Dickens’ Our 
Mutual Friend for Edward Said’s class? 
That wasn’t going to happen. But I think 
I managed to do well, and I certainly 
learned a lot, often in spite of myself. 

“I did take advantage of NYC. I saw 
the Fugs somewhere in the Village, 
and might have seen Dylan. I went to 
the Met and the Guggenheim; ballet 
tickets were $2 for the nosebleed 
seats and Mets games were equally 
reasonable. I saw a couple of operas 
performed by the Metropolitan Opera. 
I had a part-time job taking care of 
‘troubled’ children, one living in the 
East ’60s, two in Riverdale.The latter 
kids were normal; their mother was the 
troubled one. I walked around all sorts 
of fascinating neighborhoods, once 


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Class Notes 


discovering a Ukrainian or Slovenian 
area somewhere in the East 20s, I 
think. My junior year apartment-mate, 
Gil Kerlin, was a wonderful friend. 

And my time at Alpha Delta Phi was, 
quite simply, good. Sadly, I’ve lost 
touch with these folk. 

“I obtained a master’s from Michi¬ 
gan and a doctorate at Ohio State. 
Nineteenth-century American litera-. 
ture and painting became my focus. 
The field of American studies was 
inchoate; I struggled to convince the 
English and art history departments 
to accommodate my work. My adviser, 
sadly, died suddenly. And then a young 
20th-century specialist and novelist, 
Ernest Lockridge, stepped forward and 
agreed to direct my work. ‘I don’t know 
much about 19th-century literature 
and painting,’ Ernest informed me, 

‘but I’ll know when you’re being 
stupid. And think how much I’ll learn.’ 
Ernest is a lifelong friend. His faith in 
me, and in himself, has taught me to 
continue to take chances, to expand 
my vision, to be a risk-taker. How 
fortunate I have been in my influences 
and my heroes. 

“I had a few university-level jobs 
when I completed my Ph.D. Life led me 
to teach at Phillips Academy (Andover) 
and the Westlake School (Los Angeles) 
after Ohio State. Andover was heaven, 
but too familiar; California was new. 
Then the writing beckoned. I taught 
high school English on the Cape, at 
Nauset, for 12 years, including five 
thankless years as department head, and 
shortly after the Fulbright took a job 
in Andover, Mass., at the public high 
school there. I designed Nauset’s AP 
English course and allowed any student 
to take the class as long as she loved to 
read and was highly motivated. I did not 
care about earlier grades or scores. I also 
taught the lowest-level juniors, another 
challenge since so many of these kids 
were disenfranchised or discouraged, 
angry or troubled. I liked teaching high 
school; kids are ‘new’ readers, and one 
does not have to deal with theory, just 
text. And I love to teach writing. Thank 
you, Jim Waugh. 

“Along the way, for about six years 
in the 70s, I met and lived with and 
then married a fine woman, Andy 
Gilchrist. By the end of the decade the 
relationship was no longer working, 
but such things happen, so I’m told. 

For many years (well over 30), there 
has been a special love, but she fives in 
Ohio and is either too foolish or too 
wise to marry me, though I would have 
leapt at the chance. Our togetherness 
would surely have been a replication of 
the phoenix: exciting and immolating 
and exciting again. 

“I retired three years ago to my cot¬ 
tage on Cape Cod, a 1911 ‘camp’ that I 



have winterized and expanded a bit. I am 
about five houses from the Nantucket 
Sound and I love living on the Cape. I 
revel in retirement. I walk three miles 
almost every day; no more tennis (the 
knees being shot), though, and minimal 
siding. I work in my gardens; collect 
wine; continue to enjoy music, from 
Italian opera to classic rock; and admit 
to having seen the Grateful Dead more 
than 25 times. And Johannes Brahms’ 
music is godly. I read — the books I 
should have read while in college, the 
ones that have accumulated on tabletops 
and on floors, books I’ve wanted to 
return to — lots of books about nature 
and the land, lots of classic fiction, some 
mysteries, occasional histories, some 
contemporary fiction. I write, mosdy 
nonfiction. I have a modest collection of 
white-line woodcut prints and another 
of studio glass, some given to me by my 
kind parents, and about a dozen pieces 
bought in the last decade. I have no more 
wall space for the prints or other space 
for the glass. But that does not slow the 
collecting! I volunteer six hours a week at 
a nearby nursing home reading aloud to 
two or three residents, playing Scrabble 
with another, visiting two or three others 
and reading to the pre-school kids there 
(the pre-school being a perk for the 
staff). I’ve discovered that I am good at 
this, and just might be on the short-list 
for the Nobel in reading to 4-year-olds. 

“As I approach 70 — and I do not 
like the idea of aging, not at all — I 
am frequently reminded how blessed 
my fife is. I am healthy, bright, content. 
I wish I had had children; instead, 
there are nieces and nephews and a 
special, special goddaughter. I five in 
a gorgeous part of the world, have 
good friends and travel often. When 
one’s largest frustration is the squirrels 
hanging from one’s bird feeder, then 
one knows one’s fife is good. 

“I have not been back for reunion 
but often think about the many fine 
people I knew at Columbia, and always 
with much joy. And I hope that the 
length of all this has not been, well, too 
onerous. Peace to you all.” 

1968 

Arthur Spector 
One Lincoln Plaza, Apt. 25K 
New York, NY 10023 
arthurbspector@gmail.com 

Hi, Class of 1968. It seems that I have 
been, for a variety of good reasons, 
distracted. But I remain deeply com¬ 
mitted to reporting what I can of the 
good news about this special class. I 
have just a couple of items this time: 

I hear regularly from former crew 
member and dear friend Ira McCown, 


country. Point guard Maodo Lo T6 had 
a great summer playing for the German 
national team in EuroBasket before tens 
of thousands of fans and, before that, 
leading Germany to the silver medal at 
the World University Games in South 
Korea (losing to America in double 
overtime). I hope you get to see the team 
this year; coach Kyle Smith is great and 
he has some team. 

I heard from Andy Herz — what a 
gem. He is doing well, working fewer 
hours and doing many good things else¬ 
where. I hope to get a report on those. 

I also heard from Alan “Buzz” 
Zucker, who continues to work with 
verve and enthusiasm and who, as 
I may have reported, has a hobby (I 
wonder if that is the right word for 
going to seemingly every Broadway 
and Off-Broadway show for years?). 
We should get him to talk to us at the 
next reunion about the nature of this 
charming addiction/affection. I wonder 
if he has seen Hamilton ? 

In April, I finished 40 years in 
public finance, having started at Gold¬ 
man Sachs in 1975 after my stint with 
the governor in Massachusetts. I have 
now decided to do some other things, 


who now resides in (as he regularly likes 
to note) sunny Miami. I am sure he 
would be pleased to see any of us when 
there. I intend to see him soon. We were 
in Cambridge at the same time (a long 
time ago) when he was at the Kennedy 
School and Harvard Law and I was at 
the Harvard Business School. Ira con¬ 
tinues, as do I, to be a fan of Columbia 
football. I am so pleased with new coach 
A1 Bagnofi and his team of coaches and 
am hopeful for the future. 

Paul de Bary; his dad, Wm.Theo¬ 
dore “Ted” de Bary ’41, GSAS’53, who 
surely holds the record for football 
attendance; Bob Costa’67; Bob’s wife, 
Joan; and I were at the September 26 
game against Georgetown. Although 
the Lions lost, they seemed well- 
coached and we have some real talent, 
for sure. As I write this in September, 

I hoped to see some of you at Home¬ 
coming on October 17. We played 
Penn. By the way, Paul has some good 
news, and I hope he will report it so I 
can then report it. 

I am looking forward to basketball 
season, as I believe we will have the best 
roster in the Ivies and be capable of 
beating some great teams from across the 


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which I will report on in a future 
column. I am in great humor, having 
had a good 2015 (and seemingly a 
good run through the years), and I am 
in reasonably good health. I was on a 
roll this year; it was a wondrous oppor¬ 
tunity to serve communities across the 
country for general obligation needs 
(health care; housing; transportation, 
including airports, mass transit, bridges 
and highways; economic development; 
water and wastewater; public power; 
and education finance) as well as many 
complex financings. Most importantly, 

I was able to get to know some great 
elected officials and some special 
public servants, and I got to work in 
! nearly every part of the country. I did 

get to know a number of airports for 
sure! But I don’t miss the travel. 

I had many challenging assignments 
through the years, like as a senior banker 
; for the City of New York for former 

mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins and 
Rudy Giuliani; doing the first financing 
i post-9-11 as senior banker for the 

District of Columbia; and, most recently, 
| challenging financings for the New York 

Jets in 2014 and 2015. 

There were a few $100 billion 
financings and many great profession¬ 
als to work with, all dedicated to public 
finance. Now I have more time to get 
to my second home in Saratoga, Fla. 

I saw Turandot at the Met in early 
October. It seems like a long time ago (it 
was) when I was a first-year at Columbia 
and somehow was able to see Aida at the 
Met with my Hunter H.S. date. 

Please send notes. My email address 
, is at the top of the column, or use the 

CCT webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. I believe I have 

► lost a couple in the last year (I apolo¬ 
gize) and I will be more diligent and 
spirited in the pursuit of news. I hope 
to hear from you, and I hope you are 
healthy and enjoying these days with a 

► few decades to go. 

1969 

, Michael Oberman 

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel 

1177 Avenue of the Americas 
New York, NY 10036 
moberman@kramerlevin.com 

Andy Bronin has been practicing 
dermatology for 37 years and “still 
enjoys it as much as on the first day.” 
He and his wife, Elaine, have lived in 
| Greenwich, Conn., for 28 years, and 

Andy is on the town’s Board of Health. 
“We love watching our grandchildren 
(6,4 and 18 months) grow up,” he says. 

Andy shared some news that is 
i, tricky to cover in a quarterly publica¬ 

tion. When he wrote in May, he told 


me that his son Luke had left his job as 
general counsel to Gov. Dannel Malloy 
and is running for mayor of Hartford. 

As I file this column in September, I 
can see from various online sources that 
Luke won the September 15 demo¬ 
cratic primary, defeating the incumbent 
mayor. By the time this column appears, 
the November election will be history 
— so I can only tell you to check online 
to see the outcome. While Luke did not 
follow his father into medicine (becom¬ 
ing a lawyer), Andy (of course) was a 
master politician himself, becoming our 
freshman class president by edging out 
your class correspondent, who thereby 
became freshman class VP. 

Another story in motion: Jerry 
Nadler has been much in the news, 
and has endured many attacks (some 
crossing any fine of acceptable conduct), 
in announcing his support for President 
Barack Obama ’83’s Iran deal. 

Joel Solkoff shared a fink to the 
obituary he delivered in 1989 at the 
funeral of his father, Isadore Solkoff 
’24; the text had been lost for many 
years. I recommend that you read 
about this impressive man: joelsolkoff. 
com/my-father-isadore-solkoff. 

Bill Bonvillian reports: “I live in 
the Washington, D.C., area and direct 
MIT’s Washington office, working 
with federal research and development 
agencies in such areas as advanced 
manufacturing and online education. I 
teach technology policy courses at MIT, 
Georgetown and Johns Hopkins School 
of Advanced International Studies. In 
September, my new book (written with 
Professor Charles Weiss of George¬ 
town), Technological Innovation in 
Legacy Sectors, came out from Oxford 
University Press. It tackles what we 
believe is a major economic problem: 
While the United States can be good 
at creating new frontier technology 
sectors like IT, it is not good at bringing 
innovation into complex, established 
‘legacy’ sectors, like energy or health 
care delivery. As technological innova¬ 
tion drives our growth, this breakdown 
significantly limits our growth rate and 
well-being. We propose policy strategies 
to get around these innovation barriers, 
reviewing some examples where these 
have worked. 

“Meanwhile, both my sons are gain¬ 
fully employed in the financial sector; 
Marco ’14 maintains that [College] link.” 

From Vaud Massarsky: “I 
authored The Adventures of Fletcher 
MacDonald: Stories, a collection of 
short stories about a detective from 
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and I pro¬ 
duced 75 commercial plays and musi¬ 
cals, both in summer stock and in New 
York City. I was a judicial clerk for 
the Superior Court in San Francisco 
and I have been a serial entrepreneur 


and financier, starting no fewer than 
10 businesses ranging from landmine 
removal technology, to arsenic removal 
from drinking water, to newspaper 
publishing to copy centers. 

“My special experiences on campus 
include spending massive amounts of 
hours at WKCR as a show producer 
and newsman; being in Edward Said’s 
freshman English class and arguing 
about cultural relevance (not knowing 
that Said was the lion of Palestinian 
scholarship and the independence 
movement, and one of the world’s lead¬ 
ing literary scholars); making lifelong 
friendships with Wayne Guymon and 
Charles Cannon ’67 (indeed, Charles 
and I have been in touch almost every 
week for 50 years, both for business and 
socially!). Wayne and Charles are from 
Utah, so this was my first exposure to 
the U.S. West — I was a New Yorker 
(though born in Hoboken, N.J.), with 
not much interest in things west of 
NYC or the Northeast corridor. That 
was an education in itself.” 

Jonathan Adelman GSAS’76 
writes: “I remember the first thing 
we learned at orientation was how to 
survive on the streets of Morningside 
Heights late at night. We were told not 
to walk near buildings but close to the 
curb and, if someone was following, to 
go into the street and, if still followed, 
to start running. I remember being 
told that Columbia College was not 
a school to prepare us for a job but to 
learn the things that really mattered in 
life. That was truly wonderful! 

“I also remember, in fall 1967, tak¬ 
ing a course on Russian and Chinese 
politics with Professor Seweryn Bialer 
GSAS’66.1 had become discontented 
with being an economics major and, 
when I took his course, saw the light. I 
had Professor Bialer as my adviser for 
my last two years in college and then 
again for seven years until I earned 
my Ph.D. from Columbia in the area 
in which I still teach — Russian and 
Chinese politics. Having written or 
edited 12 books, I am working on a new 
one on the Soviet Union in WWII. In 
addition to being a full professor in the 
Josef Korbel School of International 
Studies at Denver, I have taken up 
writing op-eds on Russia, China and 
the Middle East. I have had 46 op-eds 
published in almost three years, mainly 
on the websites of The Huffington Post, 
Forbes, CNN and the like. 

“I continue to be active in the 
pro-Israel cause and I work with the 
American Israel Public Affairs Com¬ 
mittee, the Jewish National Fund, 
Israel Bonds and Jewish Federations 
of North America. I also am on the 
Board of Scholars for Peace in the 
Middle East and am very active in 
Israel, which I visit every year.” 


Alan Mintz reports: “I returned to 
Morningside Heights in 2001 to teach 
at the Jewish Theological Seminary as 
the Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish 
Literature. Last fall, I had the privilege 
of teaching a course at Columbia on 
the Holocaust and literary representa¬ 
tion. In the spring, I was a fellow at the 
Israel Institute for Advanced Studies 
at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 
where I was finishing a book on the 
Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon and the 
stories he wrote about Buczacz, the 
town in Galicia where he grew up 
before moving to Palestine at the 
beginning of the 20th century.” 

At the end of June, Marc Rauch 
left his position as The American 
University in Cairo’s sustainability 
director to return to the U.S., joining 
the staff of the Environmental Defense 
Fund as a senior energy specialist at its 
headquarters in New York. 

David Sokal recalls: “I arrived at 
Columbia as a naive and somewhat 
shy 16-year old, not well prepared 
for campus fife. Fortunately, I found 
some friends who liked playing cards, 
and we spent an inordinate amount 
of time playing bridge. I did well my 
freshman year, making the Dean’s List 
both semesters and getting an ‘A’ on 
the Calculus 101 final exam without 
taking the course (allowing me to take 
Calc 102 in the spring). Sophomore 
year I started getting more distracted 
playing cards, with the sailing club 
and spending time with the female 
members of the sailing club. I did 
OK, but didn’t make the Dean’s List. 

In spring 1968,1 started feeling tired 
and depressed, yet didn’t know why. 

I spent most of my time in the small 
New York Public Library branch in the 
basement of Butler; by the time school 
was canceled on account of the chaos, 

I had read almost all of its sci-fi books. 
I was saved from flunking out by the 
anti-war protests that closed the Col¬ 
lege. When I got home, I still didn’t 
have any energy and my father sent me 
to the doctor. The diagnosis was mono¬ 
nucleosis. I took off the fall semester 
and didn’t expect to graduate with 
our class. Then, a few weeks before 
graduation, the registrar said that I 
needed only two credits to graduate. I 
remembered Calc 101, and the math 
department gave me three credits so I 
graduated with the class! 

“Post-script: My academic record 
was not very good, so I didn’t apply to 
medical school. I narrowly missed get¬ 
ting drafted and I joined Volunteers in 
Service to America, then for a year was 
a newspaper reporter before deciding 
to go back to school. After graduate 
school and medical school, I went 
into international public health and 
spent most of my career working on 


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HIV prevention and family planning 
at FHI360. After retiring from paid 
employment, I co-founded a nonprofit, 
the Male Contraception Initiative 
(malecontraceptive.org), which focuses 
on developing a contraceptive pill 
for men. A few years ago I remarried 
Mary Lacombe Ph.D.; we retired in 
2012, are in good health and enjoy 
staying active and traveling. We have 
one grandson, whom we enjoy chal¬ 
lenging and spoiling.” 

From Hank Reichman: “For the 
past few years I’ve been first VP of the 
American Association of University 
Professors (AAUP) and chair of the 
Associations Committee on Academic 
Freedom and Tenure. At this year’s 
centennial meeting in Washington, 
D.C., the Saturday evening banquet 
included a talk by Juan Gonzalez ’68, 
columnist for the New York Daily 
News and co-host of Democracy Now! 
After the talk, delegates adjourned to 
a celebration with live music by The 
Nighthawks, led by Mark Wenner 
’71; I was joined by my wife, Susan 
Hutcher BC’70. This year, four uni¬ 
versity administrations were placed on 
the AAUP’s censure fist for violations 
of faculty academic freedom, including 
the administration of the University 
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for its 
dismissal of Professor Steven Salaita 


for his controversial tweets. I led the 
investigation of that case.” 

Mike Schell writes: “I flew to 
New York from Chicago right after 
Labor Day in 1965.1 remember being 
nervous, apprehensive and uncertain, 
while at the same time excited to begin 
this huge new adventure. Navigating 
the bureaucratic shoals into my new 
home in Carman did little to dampen 
my enthusiasm and happily produced 
two or three new acquaintances on 
the way, including my roommate. We 
agreed it would be good to celebrate 
the occasion with a beer or two in one 
of the local bars. We wandered down 
Broadway to The Gold Rail (after the 
polls closed, as it was Primary Day). 

I cemented my earliest friendships at 
Columbia late into the night. 

“I remember my first writing 
assignment in English Comp that 
fall. Our instructor was Michael 
Rosenthal GSAS’67. (He was then 
just a graduate assistant, as he told me 
when I saw him at a book party for his 
work Nicholas Miraculous'. The Amazing 
Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas 
Murray Butler, in 2006.) He sent me/ 
us to Brooks Brothers to capture the 
style of the place in a 500-word essay. 
My submission asserted the place had 
no style. His red-marked comment 
dripped with contempt: Are you kid¬ 


ding? The place reeks with style. Do 
it again!’ 

“Fast forward to the evening of 
November 9, a Tuesday (I looked it up). 
I was in an elevator with one or two 
friends from the higher floors of Car¬ 
man. Inexplicably, the elevator stopped 
between floors and the doors appeared 
to be stuck shut. We yelled, rang bells 
and generally made a racket, but no one 
panicked. We finally managed to pry 
the doors open and discovered we were 
almost exactly halfway between floors. 
We soon saw that the entire campus, 
as well as all of Morningside Heights, 
was dark. I don’t especially remember 
the conclusion of the blackout evening, 
just that it was so much like the rest 
of our first semester at Columbia that 
fall and early winter of 1965. We didn’t 
know much about what was going on 
or how it had come about, but it was an 
enormously exciting, adventurous and 
challenging experience. For the most 
part, it was more fun than I remember 
having had any time before. And before 
we knew it, both that November night 
and the first semester had passed into 
history. We were just a bit better edu¬ 
cated, more experienced and perhaps 
even a tiny bit wiser for it. 

“One other clear and sparkling rec¬ 
ollection is our freshman orientation 
session, at which Dean David Truman 
and Professor Fritz Stern ’46, GSAS’53 
were speakers. They both made a 
tremendous impression on me, which 
— obviously — I did not forget.” 

1970 


Leo G. Kailas 

Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt 
885 Third Ave., 20th FI. 

New York, NY 10022 
lkailas@reitlerlaw.com 

Many of our classmates are excited 
that A1 Bagnoli has taken over as 
head coach of Columbia football and 
is working to instill a new, winning 
attitude on the team. I know that 
many football team members from our 
class (like Bernie Josefsberg, Phil 
Russotti, Terry Sweeney, Peter Ste¬ 
vens, Frank Furillo and football and 
baseball great Dennis Graham) have 
suffered through many painful games 
at Robert K. Kraft Field and would 
love to see a more competitive team on 
the field for Columbia. 

David Lehman reports that Sina¬ 
tra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on 
the Man and His World, his nonfiction 
book, was released by HarperCoUins 
on October 27. 

After you read these notes, please 
remember to send news of what is 
going on in your lives, your personal 


accomplishments or reports on your 
significant family events. You can 
submit updates by writing to me at the 
addresses at the top of the column or 
via the CCT webform college.columbia. 
edu/cct/submit_class_note. 


1971 


REUNION WEEKEND 

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JUNE 2-5, 2016 

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212-851-7855 

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Jim Shaw 

139 North 22nd St. 

Philadelphia, PA 19103 
jes200@columbia.edu 

Bill Christophersen: “My debut poetry 
collection, Two Men Fighting in a Land¬ 
scape, was published by Aldrich Press. 

I’ve been writing since college, when 
I took modem poetry with Professor 
Kenneth Koch. His giddy explications 
of the poems of Walt Whitman, Gerard 
Manley Hopkins, D.H. Lawrence, 

Wallace Stevens et al. went a long way 
toward making them approachable, and i 

his exams — surprisingly rigorous, I 
can’t help noticing, as I look over a sur¬ 
viving rexographed specimen — always 
included among the essay questions a 
poet’s option: ‘Write four fines in the 
style of Lowell’s Lord Weary’s Castle; 
discuss the success or failure of your imi¬ 
tation.’ Koch’s own poetry often seemed ‘ 

to dissolve in giddiness, but his parody 
of Robert Frost (‘Mending Sump’), an 
early shot across the bow of canonical 
American verse, still shoots the moon.” 

Alex Sachare: “I am deeply sad- i 

dened to report that Lori Sachare, 
my wife of nearly 27 years, died on 
August 14,2015. She was diagnosed 
with stage four cholangiocarcinoma 
(bile duct cancer) in October 2010 and i 

battled the disease for nearly five years 
with unfailing grace. She never lost 
her positive attitude as she exhausted 
the few FDA-approved treatment 
regimens for this rare form of cancer, 
then underwent several clinical trials. 

She worked to raise awareness of bile 
duct cancer and was a featured speaker 
at the American Cancer Society’s 

Relay for Life at our local high school | 

this spring. 

“How important is staying positive? 

During those last five years, in between 

trips to places like NYC and Boston 

for treatment, she was able to experi- , 

ence the trip of a lifetime to Israel, the 


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graduation of our daughter, Deborah 
Sachare BC’14, the birth of three 
grand-nephews, and five more vacations 
at our timeshare home-away-from- 
home in Aruba, where we renewed 
our wedding vows in a beautiful sunset 
ceremony on the beach in March 2014. 

“Lori graduated from SUNY Buffalo 
State and was a professional journalist 

> and publicist. She served for five years 
as the public information officer for the 
Town of New Castle in Westchester 
County, N.Y., and wrote for several 
local publications, including the Journal 
News in Westchester (N.Y.) County 
and Inside Chappaqua magazine, for 
which she authored an inspiring essay 

l about her experience, ‘Finding the 

“Can” In Cancer’ (theinsidepress.com/ 
finding-the-can-in-cancer). 

“The good news is that after her 
long fight, Lori died quickly, without 
I pain, and with her family by her side. 

Barely a week before her passing, she 
was able to experience a remarkable 
' healing ceremony, organized by our 

. rabbi, where more than 40 friends 
and relatives gathered in our home 
and described to Lori how much she 
had meant to them, and she was able 
k to respond to each. This outpouring 

of love and support from family and 
friends continued following her pass¬ 
ing, was of great comfort to Deborah 
and myself and served as lasting evi- 
I dence of the many lives she touched.” 

Alex reports that Lori always 
looked forward to Alumni Reunion 
Weekend, and especially the camara¬ 
derie at the class dinners. We will miss 
f Lori at our reunion as well as class¬ 

mates and other loved ones who have 
passed. We want to see you there. 

► To me, music has always been an 
expression of emotion. You’ve heard 
Arno Hecht and his tenor saxophone 
everywhere, from Buster Poindexter’s 
(ne David Johansen) “Hot Hot Hot,” 

j> to the B-52s’ “Love Shack,” both of 

which you can easily find on YouTube 
if you pick the official videos. 

In some videos you can play your 
own version of “Where’s Waldo,” 

, catching glimpses of Arno. Here are 

some YouTube searches you can make 
if you want to catch Arno playing with 
big names. 

He did not participate in the music 
l video shoot of “Love Shack” (although 

what you hear is him playing) but 
that’s Arno front and center as Dion 
sings “The Wanderer,” with Paul 
Simon singing backup; to see Arno, 

. search on YouTube “Dion Paul Simon 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th The 
Wanderer” (a good version to pick is 
the one that is 3:39 long). 

As a member of Uptown Horns, 
k Arno toured with the Rolling Stones 

on their Steel Wheels tour. The nearly 


alumninews 


82-minute concert film Rolling Stones: 
Live at the Max is on YouTube; the 
Uptown Horns are introduced at 
1:00:29. Close your eyes and imagine 
being introduced to a stadium full of 
screaming fans by Mick Jagger. 

If you search “legends of rock and 
roll all-star jam” on YouTube, you 
will see Arno and the Uptown Horns 
jamming with Ray Charles, B.B. King, 
Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, James 
Brown, Fats Domino and Bo Diddley, 
all together. 

Some other YouTube searches to 
see Arno in action are “J. Geils Band I 
Do” (select the official version), “Tom 
Waits Downtown Train Arno Hecht” 
for a New York-appropriate song, or, 
fittingly for Columbia, search “George 
Benson on Broadway Arno Hecht.” 

You can also just search for “Arno 
Hecht” matched with famous names 
such as Joan Jett, Joe Cocker, Keith 
Richards and so on. 

Among my favorite videos are 
blues numbers featuring Arno solos, 
in particular, “Way Over Yonder” 
with Hiram Bullock on guitar at the 
Chicago Blues Fest. To see it, search 
“Hiram Bullock Arno Hecht” on You¬ 
Tube and select the 9:10-long version. 

Now is the time to ramp up to 
reunion, Thursday, June 2-Sunday, 

June 5. The campus is the same, yet 
different. And so are we. Enjoy old 
friendships and make new ones. I have 
already heard from class members on 
other continents who plan to attend. 

Remember back 49 Septembers 
ago, and the feelings we had, including 
of adventure, as we entered Columbia 
College. We are still connected. 

1972 

Paul S. Appelbaum 
39 Claremont Ave., #24 
New York, NY 10027 
pappel1@aol.com 

Arnold Horowitz writes, “I am glad 
to see that Istvan Deak, the Seth Low 
Professor Emeritus of History, has, 
at 89, come out with another book, 
Europe on Trial: The Story of Collabora¬ 
tion, Resistance, and Retribution During 
World War II. I have fond memories 
of studying European history with 
him. He is going strong and is still on 
Morningside Heights. All the issues 
of internal and external menace that 
bedeviled Europe in the 1930s are 
unfortunately also going strong. 

“Our son, William, began his sopho¬ 
more year at The George Washington 
University and is studying computer 
engineering. We recently took a trip to 
England to see if a semester abroad at 
University College London might suit 


him, and it certainly would. I visited 
New York during the summer and was 
pleased to find that its livability, while 
not on par with London, continues to 
improve. Biking in Manhattan appears 
less hazardous than London, and I plan 
a circuit of the island sometime soon.” 

Shep Hurwitz PS’76 is a “semi- 
not-practicing orthopedic surgeon” and 
the executive director of the American 
Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 
Chapel Hill, N.C. In response to my 
invitation to reflect on our first week 
on campus, Shep reports “some hazy 
recollection” of our freshman week, 
1968: “The orientation was minimal 
and the registration process was 
chaotic in the old University Gym. 
Socialization began at The West End 
— remember, the legal drinking age 
was 18 — and the Gay Way Tavern.” 

Steven Hirschfeld PS’83 is still with 
the U.S. Public Health Service, where 
he’s chief medical officer for its rapid 
deployment force, and is associate direc¬ 
tor for clinical research at the Eunice 


Kennedy Shriver National Institute of 
Child Health and Human Development. 

During the Ebola crisis in West 
Africa, Steven contributed by backfilling 
for colleagues who were deployed to 
that part of the world. He and his wife, 
France (a tenured professor at Mary¬ 
land’s School of Medicine), are raising 
Josh (11), whose “shoe size and age are 
still in alignment” and whose avid sports 
interests keep Steven reading the sports 
pages every morning to keep up. 

Now for some sad news. Dennis 
Greene, one of the founding members 
of Sha Na Na, passed away in Dayton, 
Ohio, in early September. (Thanks to 
Mike Gerrard for sending the news.) 
After 15 years with Sha Na Na, Den¬ 
nis left to get a master’s at Harvard 
and a law degree at Yale. The obituary 
in The New York Times quoted him: 
“Being a rock star was never something 
that was particularly interesting to me. 
It was a great job. I loved the singing 
part. The byproducts, unfortunately, 
were exhausting; travel and the 
ongoing-forever politics of being in a 
business controlled by young adults.” 
Dennis became a VP of Columbia 
Pictures and then a law professor, most 
recently at the University of Dayton. 
[Editor’s note: See Obituaries.] 

You can submit updates by writing 
me at the address at the top of the col¬ 


umn or via the CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/cct/submit_class_note. 

1973 

Barry Etra 

1256 Edmund Park Dr. NE 
Atlanta, GA 30306 
betra1@bellsouth.net 

This is the winter ... ’nuff said. Marc 
Gross is the managing partner of 
Pomerantz, which was appointed as 
lead counsel representing investors 
in the securities fraud action against 
Petrobras, the scandal-ridden Brazil¬ 
ian oil company. Marc’s wife, Susan 
Ochshorn BC’75, recently published 
Squandering America’s Future - Why 
ECE Policy Matters for Equality, 

Our Economy, and Our Children, an 
advocacy primer on the importance of 
investing in early childhood education. 
Marc is the grandfather (!) of Fox, 
Maddy and Hawk. 


Howard Gould moved to a solo law 
practice in early 2014, and has since 
added two other attorneys; their focus 
is on anything real-estate related. How¬ 
ard’s son, Kevin T2, works for a financial 
industry e-commerce analysis company 
in Manhattan; his daughter earned a 
Ph.D. in computational biology from 
MIT and works at a Bay Area biotech 
company. They often travel together; 
this year’s planned trip is to Costa Rica, 
with Antarctica as next year’s choice. 
Howard lives in Malibu, Calif., with his 
wife of 31 years, an infectious-disease 
doctor whom he met in a sailing class. 
As the former president of the local 
alumni club, he welcomes contact from 
fellow Columbians. 

Greg Gall is still involved in 
fencing; he is head fencing coach at 
the Hackley School in Tarrytown, 

N.Y. Greg also is a self-employed 
architect and his wife, Kim, is now 
retired after 35 years with IBM. Their 
daughter, Christine, graduated from 
Haverford in 2012 and completed her 
second (and final) year of service with 
FoodCorps in Maine. Greg is still 
wondering “why Eric H. Holder Jr. 
LAW’76 cut his hair.” 

Drew Gerstle is a professor of Japa¬ 
nese studies at the University of London 
and was elected a fellow of the British 
Academy for the Humanities and Social 


In August, BillChristophersen ’71 published 
his debut poetry collection, Two Men Fighting in 
a Landscape. He’s been writing since college. 


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Sciences in July. He was a guest curator 
of the British Museum exhibition 
“Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese 
Art in 2014”; an exhibition based on that 
show opened in Tokyo in September. 

Joel Pfister is the Olin Professor 
of English and chair of the American 
Studies Department at Wesleyan. 

His sixth book, Surveyors of Customs: 
American Literature as Cultural Analy¬ 
sis, is dedicated to his wife, Lisa Wyant 
(a Stanford grad), to whom he is “very 
happily married.” 

And — to end with some comic 
relief— George Geller wrote in to 
clarify that he’d dropped out (after 
starting as a ’73er), graduating from 
Wayne State and then Michigan Law, 
he spent 13 years representing labor 
unions. From 1998 on, he has been 
the international representative for the 
Teamsters in NYC. He looks forward to 
retiring soon and “playing lots of Mad¬ 
den NFL football with my godson.” 

That’s all we wrote. Thanks, gents! 
Please share news about yourself, your 
family, your career and/or your travels 
— even a favorite Columbia College 
memory. You can write to me at the 
address at the top of the column or via 
the CCT webform college.columbia. 
edu/ cct/submit_class_note. 

1974 

Fred Bremer 
532 W. 111th St. 

New York, NY 10025 
f.bremer@ml.com 

“Are Prestigious Private Colleges 
Worth the Cost?” asked a March 1 
headline in The Wall Street Journal. 

Well, we all know the answer to that 
question! It is still gratifying to see 
the College in the top 10 in the “Best 
Returns on Investment, Liberal Arts 
Majors” category. 

Based on the four-year cost (using 
2013 tuition, room and board with no 
financial aid) of $236,500, the Pay- 
Scale College ROI Report estimated 
students at the College would earn 
$614,300 across the following 20 years. 
They calculate that this gives a return 
on investment of 6.8 percent. To put 
that in perspective, it handily eclipsed 
the 5.8 percent return that was recently 
reported for the most recent fiscal year 
of the Harvard endowment! Not too 
shabby for an education that includes a 
hefty allocation of time to a Core Cur¬ 
riculum that includes the “great books,” 
the history of political thought and all 
the other required courses. 

The latest installment of the “List” 
series from Timothy Greenfield-Sand- 
ers, this one titled “The Women’s List,” 
premiered on PBS on September 25. It 


included interviews with 15 women as 
varied as actress Edie Falco to designer 
Betsey Johnson to Rep. Nancy Pelosi 
(D-Calif.).The mini-memoirs covered 
the pain of rejection, longing and loss, 
and the stress of living complex lives. 
Carla Baranukus of Women’s Voices 
for Change reviewed it saying, “If there 
were a way to take a film and botde it so 
it could be sipped quietly in moments 
of frustration, fatigue, failure or fear 
for a little dose of courage, calmness or 
confidence, I would want the elixir to be 
‘The Women’s List.’” 

Will Willis, from Palm Beach 
Gardens, Fla., emailed after reading 
in a recent column that Tom Luciani 
planned to retire in the near future. 
Will says that he sold his company 
(Global Technovations) last December 
but wonders, “I’m not sure if I’m 
retired or unemployed.” He added, 
“Please let Tom know that once he 
retires and is traveling the country in 
his Winnebago with [his wife] Theresa, 
he always has free water and electric 
hookup at my place. Relative to the 
sewer, he’s on his own!” 

N.B.: This is the third or fourth 
official retirement claimed by Will. 

Stay tuned. 

Last year we mistakenly reported 
that Brian Eskenazi had retired 
from being CEO of Riverside Books, 
a publisher of illustrated art books. 
Turns out he is only semi-retired and 
continues to sell down his inventories 
but found the economics of publishing 
new “cocktail table books” daunting. 

He has returned to selling foodstuffs 
for import and export, saying it is “the 
continuation of a family business that 
I went into after graduation.” Brian is 
involved in the export of roasted nuts 
and the imports of olives, processed 
vegetables and bulk spices. 

It is amazing how the careers 
of classmates continue to morph in 
every direction! 

We heard from Tom Sawicki (in 
Jerusalem) when his attendance at a 
Columbia Alumni in Israel event tickled 
his memories of his days on campus. 
“Without a doubt, all my wife, Susie, and 
I think and care about now is our grand¬ 
daughter, Zohar, whom we call Zuzu.” 
He tells us that son Amitai recendy 
finished 12 years in the Israeli air force 
and began med school last October. 

I emailed back that he will soon 
be able to use the famous New York 
phrase, “My son, the doctor.” 

Tom’s younger son, Ariel, is consider¬ 
ing a research position in the Israeli 
army. Susie is with the New Israel Fund, 
and Tom is director of programming at 
the Jerusalem office of the American 
Israel Public Affairs Committee. 

A lengthy email came in from 
Roger Cohen, in Lancaster, Pa., who 


entered the College with the Class 
of ’73 but graduated with us and now 
is “firmly committed as a member of 
the Class of’74.”When we last heard 
from Roger, he was the founder of 
AutoKthonous Marketing Solutions in 
NYC. Now he tells us, “After a lifetime 
in NYC and New Jersey, and faced 
with dramatic changes on all fronts, I 
moved to Lancaster in 2011 to be with 
the late-found love of my life, Patricia, 
a professor of English at Franklin and 
Marshall College.” 

Roger and Patricia were married 
last March, and in July Roger began a 
new career working for the governor 
as the director of policy in the Depart¬ 
ment of Transportation. 

Roger concluded the email with 
thoughts on starting his new life (on 
many fronts): “This day I am relishing 
the prospect of returning after many 
years to public service, where I have 
enjoyed the most rewarding experiences 
of my professional life, and particularly 
so in this new home, where I came for 
love, and which I fell in love with.” 

An unusual story appeared in The 
New York Post in July that featured 
Arthur Schwartz. It blared, “A promi¬ 
nent Manhattan attorney is facing hand¬ 
cuffs and a night in Central Booking 
because he dared to dismantle hidden 
cameras he found trained on his 93-year- 
old client’s apartment.” Arthur believed 


the landlord was using these cameras to 
intimidate the woman, to whom Arthur 
was appointed guardian, in order to get 
her to move out of her $700/month 
penthouse in Greenwich Village. The 
landlord called it felony grand larceny 
(even though Arthur had turned the 
cameras over to the Attorney General 
office). The last we heard was that 
Arthur may have been in handcuffs, but 
was released from Manhattan Criminal 
Court on his own recognizance. 

We’ll let you know how this major 
legal battle plays out — perhaps after 
the Supreme Court rules! 

The last portion of this column can 
be called the “Ben Casey Segment” 
(after the TV show some of us will 
remember from our “Wonder Years,” to 
mix television genres).This early 1960s 
medical drama began with a hand 
drawing symbols on a chalk board while 
a voice intoned, “Man, woman, birth, 
death, life, infinity.” In other words, here 
are some quick notes of changes that 


I’ve heard of in the families of our class¬ 
mates — still not sure what the “infin¬ 
ity” reference was all about, though. 

News came in from Scott Kunst 
(landscape historian and purveyor of 
heirloom bulbs at his company, Old 
House Gardens in Ann Arbor, Mich.) 
that his son, David (30), was married 
last May in a ceremony in St.John, 

U.S. Virgin Islands. David and his wife, 
Emily, live in San Francisco, where 
David is an executive at Groupon. 

More recently a Facebook post 
showed a picture of the wedding of 
Allison Klayman, daughter of Barry 
Klayman (partner at the law firm 
Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia), 
and her husband, Colin. The wedding 
was in late August at the Pearl S. Buck 
House in Perkasie, Pa. 

Here’s a real Columbia College 
romance, through and through. Hilary 
Sullivan ’07, daughter of Peter Sullivan 
and Mary Krueger BC’74, met Conall 
Arora ’06 in an Art Hum class in 
2006 when Conall was presenting his 
opinions of artist Jackson Pollock’s art 
works. While her first impression was 
reportedly not so positive, things turned 
around and the couple was married 
in May in the Rhinebeck, N.Y. area. 
Conall works in finance and Hilary is 
in business school at UVA.The couple 
plans to return to NYC following Hil¬ 
ary’s graduation, scheduled for next year. 


It is with great sadness that we report 
the passing of Gary Atutes last Febru¬ 
ary. The only details we know are from 
the Columbia alumni directory, which 
says he was the territory sales manager of 
Pittsburgh Seafoods, and from the obitu¬ 
ary, which notes that he died “suddenly.” 
If anyone knows more, please send it in. 

There you have it. Much joy amid 
some sadness. Careers that are ending 
and some that are evolving. Keep 
sending in information on what is 
happening to you and with classmates. 
And try to stay out of handcuffs! 

1975 

Randy Nichols 
734 S. Linwood Ave. 

Baltimore, MD 21224 
rcn2day@gmail.com 

Early Happy New Year, CC’75! No 
news this time, so please make sure to 


PBS debuted The Women’s List, the latest installment 
of Timothy GreenjuM-Sanders fJfs series The List; this 
episodefeatured interviews with 15 famous women. 


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send in your updates. Your classmates 
want to hear from you. No news is too 
small, so make 2016 the year to send 
in a Class Note. You can send your 
news to me at the email address at the 
top of this column or use the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 


1976 


REUNION WEEKEND 

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Ken Howitt 

1114 Hudson St., Apt. 8 
I Hoboken, NJ. 07030 

kenhowitt76@gmail.com 

Planning for the 40th reunion is moving 
along. The Reunion Committee has a 
> core group, led by Steve Davis, with 

me playing Tonto to his Kemosabe, and 
we have (as usual) a good representa¬ 
tion from the New York City area with 
Michael Sackler, Jim Bruno, Jon 
, Margolis, Anthony Messina and John 

Connell. We also have representation 
nationwide with Dan Gottlieb calling 
f in from Washington State, Dennis 

Goodrich from upstate New York and 
Joel Gedan anchored in Minnesota. 

The weekend is coming together 
and looking to be an enjoyable time. 
t On Thursday evening we will have 

a joint event with Barnard ’76, and 
classmates will also have the option 
of enjoying downtown cultural offer¬ 
ings planned by the Alumni Office 
for all reunion classes. Friday will 
feature Mini-Core Classes, campus 
and neighborhood tours, an all-class 
lunch and then a class-specific evening 
event. Saturday begins with the Dean’s 
Breakfast, then the full slate of Dean’s 
Day events, an afternoon barbecue 
and then a class-specific dinner (with 
a speaker!). We have a few people on 
the short list and will let you know by 
email who is scheduled to speak. 

For those planning to travel to NYC 
for the entire weekend, lodging will be 
available on campus. Just a caution¬ 
ary tale from the 30th reunion: One 
classmate traveled to New York with 
his spouse, who had never been to New 
York City. He is a good friend of mine 
and I spent a good part of reunion with 
the couple. As I live in Hoboken, N.J., 
it was easy for my wife and me to stay 
at home. As our classmate was checking 


out on Sunday, he looked at me and 
said, “A lot has changed about Colum¬ 
bia, but one thing is still the same ... 
Carman is still Carman.” 

Homecoming, on October 17, was 
fun, and the improving football team 
gives us a lot of hope. [Editor’s note: 
The Lions won their first game of the 
season on October 10.] Columbia 
Giving Day was successful — thanks 
to all of you for your support! 

It seems that Reunion Commit¬ 
tee outreach and this new gig as class 
correspondent have put me in touch 
with a lot of classmates; that is very 
rewarding and enjoyable. All of us have 
a wealth of stories and experiences, and 
I look forward to reporting those. So 
send in those updates! 

If any of you are in the New York 
area for Class Day and Commence¬ 
ment, I encourage you to participate in 
the Alumni Parade of Classes on Class 
Day (which includes a breakfast in John 
Jay — mmmmmm, memories...) and 
the academic procession for Commence¬ 
ment. Both ceremonies are very different 
from what our graduation was in 1976. 
The campus is beautiful and usually the 
weather cooperates; and, if the weather 
does not cooperate, the Class Day parade 
will feature the latest in Columbia 
College-branded rain gear (through the 
years, I have received rain ponchos and 
umbrellas). So look for emails announc¬ 
ing those events. If you get to campus on 
those days, we will have a pre-reunion 
lunch after the ceremonies. 

More updates: 

My junior year roommate, Rich 
Feldman, sent this note: “I enjoy the 
practice of law and visiting the children 
with my wife in Northern California. 
I’m growing older as gracefully as pos¬ 
sible and riding my bike as often and 
for as many miles as time allows.” 

He did not mention if he is still 
doing his Errol Flynn swashbuckler 
imitation with the epee. 

My WKCR partner, Jon Kushner, 
sent this from Ohio: “My wife, Gail, 
and I celebrated our 30th anniversary 
in November; son Adam is a health 
administrator at Children’s Hospital in 
Cincinnati; son Ben is in his third year 
at Ohio State’s College of Dentistry. 
I’m using all of my Columbia know¬ 
how to console each of these Buckeye 
alums the three times a year their team 
has a bad drive and has to punt.” 

In addition to giving time to 
Reunion Committee efforts, Jim 
Bruno sent this: 

“I typically don’t like to talk about 
myself but Ken Howitt successfully 
asserted some pressure at our reunion 
meeting so here is what is going on 
with me. My real estate law practice 
continues to be strong, and my focus is 
on redevelopment projects in my native 


Jersey City as well as other northern 
New Jersey municipalities, including 
Harrison, Kearny, Madison and Clifton. 

“While I haven’t ventured far from. 
my roots, my son, Matthew, decided 
to leave his job at a major financial 
firm in NYC to take a position with a 
start-up in San Francisco. I admire his 
spirit and hope it works out for him. 
My daughter, Jamie, will be getting 
married next year, so this is keeping me 
and my wife, Donna, busy (and work¬ 
ing!). So with the reunion, 2016 will be 
an eventful year. It still is hard to grasp 
that it will be 40 years. 

“The current success of the Colum¬ 
bia baseball team brings back great 
memories of our championship season 
in 1976.1 am confident that new 
football coach A1 Bagnoli will bring to 
the football team the winning tradition 
that coach Brett Boretti has created 
with the baseball program.” 

Keep those updates coming. I look 
forward to seeing all of you on Morning- 
side Heights in June! My offer still holds: 
If anyone ventures to NYC, shoot me an 
email and I will meet you in the city. It 
is a quick boat ride from Hoboken and 
then a subway from the spanking-new 
Hudson Yards 7 train station. 

1977 

David Gorman 
111 Regal Dr. 

DeKalb, IL 60115 
dgorman@niu.edu 

And we are back. I begin with updates 
from several classmates. 

Jess Lederman is in Alaska, 
where he is 1) taking piano lessons 
2) publishing books to help raise 
money for the ALS Therapy Develop¬ 
ment Institute of Cambridge, Mass., 
the foremost nonprofit biotech devoted 
to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s 
Disease and 3) helping to spread the 
words of George MacDonald, the 
great inspiration to C.S. Lewis, G.K. 
Chesterton and countless other Chris¬ 
tians. Anyone interested in the latter 
two activities can contact Jess at 
jess@worksofmacdonald.com. 

Bart Holland’s daughter, Alicia, 
started at Teachers College this fall, 
and he is confident that she will use 
her people skills and her language 
gifts to become “that” English teacher, 
the one who really makes an impact 
on students. His son, Charlie, will 
be using his great empathy and deep 
interest in psychology, the mind and 
helping others in a program at NYU 
he started this past fall to train to 
be a psychological counselor. Bart’s 
wife, Jean Donahue, is principal of 
Bronx Science and Bart himself, when 


not working in the Dean’s Office at 
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as 
the director of educational assessment 
and research, is a tenured professor of 
biostatistics and epidemiology. 

Artie Gold writes, “A couple of 
months ago I had the great privilege of 
seeing Bob Hebron ’76 while he was in 
town. I hadn’t seen him in 38 years, but 
we effectively just continued our conver¬ 
sations of long ago. While sitting in the 
Driskill Bar (right by where I work in 
downtown Austin) we were joined by a 
couple of my (often frighteningly) young 
colleagues, who were regaled with stories 
from an entirely different century.” 

Until now, we’ve been long-time, 
no-hear from Tony Dardis; he sends 
news that at a swim meet in June, he 
swam the 100m backstroke and that 
he is currently ranked No. 38 in the 
nation in his age group for this year. 
This accomplishment is in addition to 
being professor of philosophy at Hof- 
stra, where Tony has taught since 1992 
(FYI,Tony has a master’s and a Ph.D. 
from UC Berkeley). He published a 
book in 2008, Mental Causation: The 
Mind-Body Problem , and his latest 
article is “Modal Fictionalism and 
Modal Instrumentalism,” published in 
the Organon Ajournal. 

Please share news about yourself, 
your family, your career and/or your 
travels — even a favorite Columbia 
College memory. You can write to me 
at the address at the top of the column 
or via the CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/cct/submit_class_note. 

1978 

Matthew Nemerson 
35 Huntington St. 

New Haven, CT 06511 
matthewnemerson@gmail.com 

Sometimes this is a lonely job and I 
have to stop myself from crying out in 
the immortal words of the defining — 
though now forgotten — TV drama 
of our generation, The Day After. “Is 
anyone out there? Anyone at all?” I 
won’t even go into the impending crisis 
the Reagan-era “made for TV” movie 
was about; it seems too trivial today 
given our worries over Syria and the 
Fed raising interest rates. 

My goal, once so proudly held, 
is no longer the dream of including 
some funny and touching triumph of 
human interest about each and every 
one of the 700-plus graduates of our 
class before we reach that sadly empty 
first column near the front of the back 
of the book. Each class bows out in 
a unique and equally unimpressive 
manner; something like, “I am writing 
in to tell you that my grandfather has 


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forgotten which class he was in, so he 
will not be filing any future columns 
about which of his friends died for 
your magazine in the future .No, 
after 37 years in this job, my quest 
seems at times to have been reduced 
to putting something — anything — 
between the covers of each edition of 
CCT and to keep our class represented 
near the midpoint of new life (CC’15) 
and impending death (the last mem¬ 
bers of CC’40). 

But, lest you think I am discouraged, 

I am not. The football team has won a 
game and tomorrow is another column! 

Still, I do thank the stalwarts, those 
who love to share something (though 
occasionally the very same thing you 
told us last issue) with our curious but 
less-forthcoming classmates. This issue 
you came through again. 

Seriously, folks, this remains a great 
gig and CCT only gets better each 
issue, so try to send more news. 

Gary Pickholz frequently tells us 
what’s what from either Israel or his 
perch at the Business School. He reports, 
“My youngest son, Yair, recently received 
his combat wings in the Israeli Air Force. 
I shall next sleep in 2020.” 

Joseph Schachner can be counted 
on to take the column seriously — 
thank you, Joe! — and this issue is no 
different. “My older daughter and her 
husband both got jobs in the psychol¬ 
ogy department of UC San Diego; 
finding two jobs in the same place is a 
rare and remarkable thing. 

“My younger daughter started 
teaching last year, and her first year was 
awful; almost no support or collabora¬ 
tion from the school. If anyone thinks 
teaching is an 8 a.m.-4 p.m. job, she 
and I can assure you it’s more like an 
8 a.m.-4 a.m. job. This is an ongoing 
story; further updates next year. 

“Within the next year I will turn 60, 
I’m sure just like many classmates. It’s 
kind of interesting to start visualizing 
retirement. I don’t feel old, but I think 
by 66 and four months I will be ready.” 

Rob Blank is always quick to 
fill us in on the latest strange things 
coming out of one part of Wisconsin 
or another, but this time it’s just family 
updates: “My daughter, Deborah, is a 
high school junior and is looking at 
colleges. I hope that she and Columbia 
choose each other, though there is 
stiff competition from my wife’s alma 
mater, MIT.” 

Hugh Weinberg is somewhat 
new to the ranks: “Hi, all! Earlier this 
year I topped off my career in public 
service, having worked in various legal 
positions (mosdy for New York City 
government) since 1984. 

“Most notably, I was general coun¬ 
sel to the Queens borough president 
for 14 years and then was a hearing 


officer for the Taxi and Limousine 
Tribunal of the NYC Office of 
Administrative Trials and Hearings. 
This past summer I took my pension 
from the city and moved with my wife, 
Renee, to Cleveland Heights, as I was 
born in Cleveland. 

“I plan to continue my legal career 
there and I’d love to hear from fellow 
alumni who live and/or work in or 
near Cleveland.” 

Chuck Callan has written wonder¬ 
fully and consistently for decades: “My 
third of four children recently began 
college and my wife, Mary, and I now 
have a college freshman, sophomore 
and junior and a high school freshman. 
Few things are quite as terrifying or 
sleep-depriving for parents as having 
three teenage drivers. So, the day after 
daughter Grace began her first year at 
college, we took the old Volvo, ‘Battles- 
car Gallatica,’to be reclaimed at the 
local scrap yard. 

“For Mary and me, it was the 
moment when terror and exhaustion 
turned to exhilaration and freedom. 
The teenage years are wonderful years 
as well, in particular, the spring semes¬ 
ter of senior year in high school. The 
introspection, the maturation process, 
the inevitability — I was thrilled for 
each of my kids throughout this transi¬ 
tion, for there is no greater knowledge 
than self-knowledge. 

“This, of course, is true for ris¬ 
ing 60-somethings as well. There is 
something about transitions that make 
life so alive, so vivid. I reread Sid- 
dhartha and saw in it this time a light 
I couldn’t have seen or known when I 
was reading the Core. It is not simply 
a search for fife’s meaning, a somewhat 
bohemian call to spiritually — we 
knew that — it’s also about raising 
children and letting go. Just as Sid- 
dhartha takes leave of his father, so too 
he must let go of his son, Rahula. ‘Take 
him [Rahula] to a teacher,’ says the 
wise ferryman Vasudeva, ‘not because 
of what he will learn but because he 
will then be among other boys and 
girls, in the world where he belongs.’ 
‘What father, what teacher, is able 
to protect him from finding his own 
path?’ Hermann Hesse tells us that 
these transitions are opportunities to 
find oneness again.” 

Carl Brandon Strehlke has regaled 
us over time with his many interests 
and passions. “This past March I 
got a certificate (with honors) for a 
three-month course on Chinese art 
at the School of Oriental and African 
Studies at the University of London, 
a post-retirement treat for me. Now 
I am about to publish a catalogue of 
the Bernard and Mary Berenson Col¬ 
lection at I Tatti in Florence, Italy, the 
city where I have settled.” 


Paul Phillips has always kept us up 
to date on the musical happenings in 
Providence, R.I., and his own excit¬ 
ing globetrotting travels. He reports, 
“Lots of traveling this past year, with 
guest conducting appearances in 
France, Macau and Argentina, and a 
wonderful family vacation in Iceland. 
Last year I led the Brown University 
Orchestra in concerts at Carnegie 
Hall and the Fisher Center at Bard 
College. Manhattan Intermezzo is the 
title of the new Naxos CD that pianist 
Jeffrey Biegel and I recorded with the 
Brown Orchestra last fall. It features 
compositions for piano and orchestra 
by Neil Sedaka, Keith Emerson, Duke 
Ellington and George Gershwin, and 
will be released in January.” 

Marvin Ira Charles Siegfried 
closes our notes with an honest, “Noth¬ 
ing much new to report; I’m a teacher in 
Brooklyn but now I stay because I want 
to, as I have reached retirement age 
(over 55) and years of service (over 30). 
My wife and I spent a lovely Christmas 
vacation last year in London and some 
time in Aruba this past summer. We’re 
expecting our first grandchild early next 
year — too early to say if the baby will 
be Columbia-bound (the baby’s dad is a 
Cornell graduate).” 

Our question of the month had to 
do with the numerous New Yorkers 
running for President of these United 
States. A few of the better comments: 
“The Donald is a moron, and we’d 
be better off with Bozo the Clown 
(although they do share one thing in 
common: bad hair);” “It’s time for Hill¬ 
ary because it’s time for a woman;” “Ber- 
nie Sanders would do a much better job 
for this country than Trump, and he is a 
New Yorker in exile of course;” “Trump 
is somewhat less frightening than the 
other Republicans;” “Trump should not 
be president because he did not go to 
Columbia;” and “I’m stumped.” 

Please write soon, even with stories 
about being hounded to join AARP or 
your experiences investing your retire¬ 
ment pensions. 

1979 

Robert Klapper 
8737 Beverly Blvd., Ste 303 
Los Angeles, CA 90048 
rklappermd@aol.com 

Family news from Jeff McFarland: 

“I will become a grandfather when my 
daughter gives birth to her daughter in 
December in Hong Kong. She fives in 
Shenzhen, China, with her husband. 
My son is a junior at Reed College, 
majoring in mathematics. I five alone. 

“In professional news, I am 
concluding two years as the regional 


adviser for accelerated disease control 
at the WHO South-East Asia 
Regional Office in New Delhi, leading 
the efforts in the 11 countries of the 
region to maintain a polio-free region, 
to verify a region free of maternal- 
neonatal tetanus and to make progress 
toward the 2020 goal of measles 
elimination and rubella and congenital 
rubella syndrome control. In October, I 
will move to Hanoi to lead U.S. CDC 
efforts in influenza in Vietnam.” {Let 
us know if Jane Fonda gets theflu!) 

Jack Lipari recently joined the law 
firm of Helmer, Conley & Kassel- 
man (805 New Rd., Somers Point, NJ 
08244; 609-601-6100). He says, “I 
practice mostly in the area of criminal 
law, specializing in appeals and motion 
work, though the firm does all dif¬ 
ferent types of work and has offices 
throughout the State of New Jersey.” 

( Hmmmm , criminal law in the state of 
New Jersey ...I think you’re going to need 
many new partners!) 

Pediatrician Bill Lee has been at 
Scarsdale Pediatric Associates since 
1987 and is now its president. He 
writes, “I have been married to Lara 
Sargent NRS’82 for 29 years. Our 
daughter, a teacher, will be married 
next year.... I still listen to Suzanne 
Vega. She was in Purchase, N.Y., last 
year, and even took my song request 
during her concert! This past year, I 
attended the Varsity Show with Joel 
Landzberg and Ron Weich ’80. One 
of the composers was Sam Balzac T7, 
son of Fred Balzac ’80.” (I hear that at 
our age Suzanne Vega is changing her 
name to Suzanne 1-Haverit-The Vaguest 
idea what the next lyric is!) 

From yours truly, Robert C. 
Klapper: I recently was invited to a 
birthday party at a bowling alley, which 
prompted this Columbia memory: 

“Beginning our junior year (that 
would be 1977), I realized my finances 
from working in the Catskills as a 
waiter and busboy would not be enough 
to cover tuition and room/board. I really 
needed a job during the school year. 
When I showed up to begin the first 
semester, I went to the campus employ¬ 
ment office where I met the typical 
smarmy, gum-chewing, why-you-wast- 
ing-my-time administrator in charge of 
on-campus employment, another reason 
why many of you want nothing to do 
with Columbia post-graduation (I am 
choosing selectively to forget many of 
these interactions, which is why I write 
this column). 

“When I asked what jobs were 
available, she replied, ‘There are none; 
they’re all gone.’My reply was, ‘Really? 
Isn’t this the first day of the first 
semester? And they’re already all gone?’ 
She replied, ‘What part of “all gone” 
did you not understand?’ 


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“When I started to think of what 
off-campus jobs I would have to work, I 
asked her for a third and final time, ‘Are 
you sure there are no jobs available on 
campus?’ With smoke coming out of her 
ears she replied, ‘There is only one job 
that is available, and it has been available 
for five years, because it’s not fillable.’I 
said, ‘What job is that?’ She replied, ‘We 
need a bowling alley repairman for the 
Ferris Booth Hall bowling alley.’ 

“She said this job had remained 
unfilled and one of the three bowling 
alleys has remained broken because no 
one has the skill set for this job. Like 
Groucho Marx, I replied, ‘I know how 
to fix a bowling alley.’With her eye¬ 
brows as high as the ceiling she replied, 
‘Then you have the job!’ 

“Imagine my first day, staring into 
the back of a piece of machinery with 
50 belts going in 50 directions — but 
at least I had a job. To make a long 
story short, I looked into the back of 
the other two bowling alleys that were 
working and merely tried to replicate 
what was working in these two with 
what was not working in the broken 
one — a skill I use often to this day as 
an orthopedic surgeon. That job taught 
me one thing: I could no longer work 
for an hourly wage, and for that I am 
grateful. So technically, I graduated with 
a degree as a pre-med art history major, 
with a minor in bowling alley repair.” 

Roar, lion, roar! ... And may the 
strikes be with you! 

1980 

Michael C. Brown 
London Terrace Towers 
410 W. 24th St., Apt. 18F 
New York, NY 10011 
mcbcu80@yahoo.com 

The winter holiday season is always 
fun in New York City, with the Saks 
Fifth Avenue windows, skating in 
Rockefeller Center and Central Park 
and, of course, basketball! Coach Kyle 
Smith has a seasoned team of veterans 
with the size and speed to compete for 
the Ivy League Championship, and I’ll 
be there to root on the Lions. 

On the subject of sports, congratu¬ 
lations go out to coach A1 Bagnoli and 
the football team for the turnaround 
that is occurring at Robert K. Kraft 
Field. There is a renewed commitment 
to excellence within the program, and 
it is apparent to me that the best is yet 
to come. 

Dennis Costakos forwarded a nice 
article in Forbes on Dr. George Yan- 
copoulos GSAS’86, PS’87, Medicine 
Man. In addition to being one heck of 
a wrestler, George has been dubbed a 
scientific superstar in the field of biol¬ 


alumni news 


ogy. As chief scientist at Regeneron 
Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, N.Y., 
he is responsible for the creation of 
four approved drugs and a technol¬ 
ogy platform designed to invent more. 
Always a humble guy, George hopes to 
be “an inspiration to kids who might 
otherwise become hedge fund manag¬ 
ers,” as he says in the August 17 article. 

[Editor’s note: See collegexolumbia. 
edu/cct/summerl3/features3.] 

I trust everyone is having a wonder¬ 
ful winter and I look forward to seeing 
you at a hoops game. Drop me a note 
at mcbcu80<®yahoo.com or send 
updates via the CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/cct/submit_class_note. 


1981 


REUNION WEEKEND 

73 

JUNE 2-5, 2016 

m 

Alumni Affairs Contact 

C 

Fatima Yudeh 

z 

fy2165@columbia.edu 

o 

212-851-7834 

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Development Contact 

IO 

Heather Siemienas 

O 

hs2843@columbia.edu 


212-851-7855 

01 


Michael Kinsella 
543 Nelliefield Trl. 

Charleston, SC 29492 
mgk1203@gmail.com 

Winter greetings! It was nice to hear 
good news from so many of you. 

Stephen Masiar is happy to 
report that his eldest son, Michael, is 
engaged and is planning a wedding 
for 2017. Michael recendy relocated 
to Los Angeles, where he is a medical 
physicist. Stephen’s second son, Chris, 
graduated from Fordham Law and 
is a compliance analyst at Citigroup. 
His youngest son, Brendan, is also 
recendy engaged with plans for a 
wedding in Maryland, where he is a 
computer security specialist. Stephen’s 
daughter, Lauren, is in her second year 
of a graduate program in regional and 
city planning at Boston University. 
How did all this happen? Stephen and 
his wife, Tricia, celebrated their 34th 
anniversary this past August. 

Congratulations, Stephen! 

In NYC, Bill Carey announced 
his marriage to Jeong “Terry” O. Shin, 
who is from Korea. They will reside 
in St. Louis, New York and London. 

In addition to his investment firm 
(Cortland Associates), Bill has, for the 
past 10 years, built a series of Chinese 
art funds with the Xiling Group, 
which has major Chinese ceramics and 
bronzes on loan to various museums, 
including the Museum of Fine Arts, 
Boston; the Fogg Museum at Harvard; 


the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; 
the Art Institute of Chicago; and the 
British Museum. Last year, Bill joined 
the Board of Trustees of the Smithson¬ 
ian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. 

Daniel Ginsberg recently was at a 
meeting in MadisOn, Wis., and, unable 
to shake the ties of alma mater, he 
jumped in a car, drove to Bloomington, 
Ill., and met up with Alan Lessoff. 
Both had a grand time, and appear not 
to have aged a day since their time on 
Morningside Heights. 

Well done, Dan! 

Please keep me updated on your 
events, achievements and travels. I 
look forward to hearing from you! 

You can write to me at the address at 
the top of the column or via the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 

1982 


Andrew Weisman 
81 S. Garfield St. 

Denver, CO 80209 
weisman@comcast.net 

Gents, I trust all is well and that one 
and all are enjoying the satirically 
fecund environment that our nation’s 
election process has become. Yours 
truly spent the week of September 22 
in NYC battling with the faithful for 
room on the city’s sidewalks: the Pope, 
the UN General Assembly and Chi¬ 
nese President Xi Jinping all managed 
to confound my travel plans. I must 
say, I’m rather disappointed with the 
New York Post for not making use of 
the most obvious “Post-ian” headline to 
relate the details of Xi’s speech: “That’s 
What Xi Said.” 

On another personal note, I am 
somewhat humbled to announce 
that I was recendy elected president 
of the Society of Columbia Gradu¬ 
ates. For those unfamiliar with this 
organization, SOCG is one of the 
oldest continual service organizations 
affiliated with Columbia. Its nearly 
1,000 members meet in fellowship to 
promote and celebrate service to the 
University. Its objective is to encourage 
and maintain mutual understanding 
between Columbia and its graduates 
and to uphold the University’s influ¬ 
ence and further its interests. 

In 1949, the society was inspired to 
embody Columbia’s highest ideals by 
establishing the Great Teacher Awards, 
which have been awarded every year 
since then. These awards honor great 
undergraduate teaching at the College 
and at Engineering. 

Checking in briefly this period was 
the intrepid Scott Simpson, who was 
heading in early October to Oslo, then 


departing on a three-week sail around 
the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic 
while fine-tuning his screenplay, The 
MacKenzie Breakout. 

Also checking in this period was 
the erudite Charles Markowitz, who 
related that he had the pleasure of 
attending this year’s Convocation and 
marching in the Alumni Procession, 
where he saw Sal Volpe. Says Charles: 
“We reminisced about our pre-med 
days at the College, memories that 
included the good, the bad and the 
ugly. We were both at Convocation 
for the same reason: Our sons (Bryan 
Markowitz T9 and Sal Volpe Jr. T9) 
were there as members of the entering 
class — quite an achievement for 
them, considering how hard it has 
become to gain acceptance to the Col¬ 
lege these days.” 

These two young men must be 
extraordinary students! 

Charles also reported: “Sal told me 
that he lives on Staten Island and is 
trained as a geriatrician, although more 
recently he has been administratively 
managing a hospitalist group. My 
family enjoyed meeting him and his 
family at the Legacy Lunch prior to 
the ceremonies. 

“As for me, not much has changed 
during the past 25 years. I have main¬ 
tained my medical practice in Lake- 
wood, N.J., specializing in physical 
medicine and rehabilitation, and I have 
held directorship and leadership posi¬ 
tions in both hospital and rehabilita¬ 
tion facility settings. I have lived at the 
Jersey Shore with my wife, Meryl, for 
more than 20 years, and we are adjust¬ 
ing to being empty-nesters, with our 
son and daughter both at college. There 
is, however, one new development: 

In addition to my medical degree, I 
earned a law degree at Rutgers 12 years 
ago but have used it sparingly until 
now. In an effort to more fully expand 
my horizons, I have become of counsel 
to the firm of Eichen, Crutchlow, 
Zaslow & McElroy, headquartered 
in Edison, N.J., with an emphasis on 
health-related litigation.” 

Gents, thanks for checking in! 
Remember, you can write to me at the 
address at the top of the column or via 
the CCT webform college.columbia. 
edu/cct/submit_class_note. 

1983 


Roy Pomerantz 
Babyking/Petking 
182-20 Liberty Ave. 

Jamaica, NY 11412 
bkroy@msn.com 

My family celebrated my daughter 
Rebecca’s bat mitzvah at Faculty House 


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on September 12.1316 Columbia campus 
sparkled. Participants included Marc 
Ripp ’80, LAW’83; Gary McCready; 

Ed Joyce; Eddy Friedfeld; Adam Bay- 
roff; Dennis Klainberg ’84, Mark Simon 
’84; Leon Friedfeld ’88; and Amy Nelkin 
’89, LAW’91. My son David recited 
an original, rhyming poem/toast about 
Rebecca’s life while I manipulated balls, 
apples, clubs, diablo and devil sticks with 
all the moves relating to the content of 
the poem. I also balanced a guitar on my 
chin and juggled razor-sharp hatchets 
while balancing on a rola bola. My finale 
was balancing a rose on my forehead and 
then presenting it to my daughter. David 
and I finished the routine by passing six 
balls (we can pass seven, but I wanted to 
make sure we didn’t drop). We can for¬ 
ward a video link for anyone interested. 

My wife, Deborah, and I hosted a 
reception for parents and new students 
at my son’s middle school. Dean Gillian 
Lester, of the Law School, and her hus¬ 
band, Eric Talley, the Sulzbacher Profes¬ 
sor of Law at the Law School, attended. 

On September 20, my sons, David 
and Ricky, and I attended the Fourth 
Annual Les Nelkin SEAS’87, LAW’87 
Pediatric Cancer Survivors Day at 
Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, N.Y. 

Steve Holtje: “In October 2013, an 
actor, Brandon Nagle, who worked at 
a bar I frequent recommended me to 
the director of the film he was acting 
in. The director, Enrico Cullen, needed 
somebody for a non-speaking role in two 
scenes. He arranged to meet me at that 
bar, we hit it off and he gave me the part. 
Then I suggested to him that I could also 
provide the score for his movie, and he 
agreed to give me a shot (I had scored a 
movie in 2006, but it was never released). 

“We collaborated well, and it turned 
out pretty good, if I do say so .A Man 
Full of Days premiered at the Anthology 
Film Archives in May as part of the 
NewFilmmakers New York series, and 
in October it was shown at the Lau¬ 
sanne Underground Film and Music 
Festival. The soundtrack was released by 
MechaBenzaiten Records (distributed 
by Forced Exposure) on CD and for 
download in August and has gotten 
good reviews. And now my wife no lon¬ 
ger frowns when I go to the bar, because 
that’s where people give me work.” 

Eric Gardner: “Immediately after I 
graduated from the College, I went to 
USC School of Cinematic Arts. As a 
director, I won several awards including 
best feature film at the Big Bear Lake 
Film Festival for Under The Influence, 
starring Peter Greene. I was senior 
editor of Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction, 
one of Fox’s highest rated specials, and 
received world-wide attention when I 
co-wrote, produced and edited the fea¬ 
ture film Breakaway, an action/comedy 
starring the infamous Tonya Harding. 


My diverse credits include producer of 
Queenas, a feature length documentary 
about Latino transsexuals, financed by 
Canal+ and The Danish Film Board; 
co-producer and editor of Great Streets: 
Champs-Elysees, starring Halle Berry 
for PBS; and co-writer, producer and 
editor of the feature documentary 
Dislecksia: The Movie, starring Billy 
Bob Thornton. Shortly after I got out 
of USC, I got into reality television, 
starting with the second season of The 
Real World (Los Angeles). Through the 
years, I’ve worked on a lot of shows. The 
most well-known is Survivor. I worked 
on that for eight years and received six 
Emmy nominations (zero wins). I’ve 
spent the last five years working on 
Shahs of Sunset for the Bravo network; 
I’m the show’s executive producer/ 
showrunner. I was married, but my wife 
recently passed away. She had a short 
(50 days) battle with some aggressive 
cancer. We don’t have any children, 
other than two beautiful poodle mutts 
that we rescued two years ago —Jake 
and Elwood are brothers/littermates. 

I love to travel and have spent a lot 
of time in Europe and Mexico, where 
I’m building a retirement house on a 
beach in the middle of nowhere. I also 
collect wine, with particular interest in 
Champagne and Italian wine.” 

Carl Fallen “Greetings from 
Columbus, Ohio. After leaving New 
York City in 1998, my New York City 
native daughter, Carolyn, returned this 
fall to the Bronx to attend Fordham. 
She is pleased to share that a high 
school classmate, Noah Goss T9, is 
now at Columbia. My wife, Mary, and 
I reside in German Village, a historic 
neighborhood of Columbus, and she 
works for Mettler-Toledo. Our twin 
sons, Bob and John, are sophomores at 
the Wellington School and maintain 
an interest in basketball. Given the 
recent success of Columbia’s team you 
described in CGT, it may be time for 
the team to schedule a return to the 
Schottenstein Center and play Ohio 
State. The same actually holds true 
for the Columbia tennis team, which 
last visited Columbus for a first-round 
match in the NCAA tournament.” 

Carl sent me a copy of The Lawgiver 
by Herman Wouk’34 as a small gesture 
of thanks for my efforts in support of the 
class and Columbia through the years. He 
noted, “In the recent past, I thoroughly 
enjoyed reading the Caine Mutiny with its 
Columbia campus descriptions.” 

Carl, I am a huge Herman Wouk 
fan. Thanks for thinking of me. 

In short updates, Dan Loeb hosted 
a $5,000-a-person East Hampton 
event in honor of Gov. Andrew Cuomo 
(D-N.Y.). David Hershey-Webb 
performed with several other musicians 
at Stuyvesant Cove Park on July 20. 



Steve Coleman has been named 
secretary of the Executive Board of the 
Columbia Alumni Association and I 
(Roy Pomerantz) have been named 
co-chair of the “Serve Committee” of 
the Executive Board of the Columbia 
College Alumni Association. Ed Joyce 
says, “I marched with our class in the 
Alumni Procession at Convocation 
in August as my daughter, Sarah T9, 
entered the College.” 

Wayne Allyn Root reports, “I 
recently sold my third TV series to 
Hollywood — I’ll be executive producer 
— and my company, Cool Hand Root 
Productions, is co-producing. See Robin 
Leach’s column for more information 
(lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2015/ 
aug/24/television-las-vegas-da-my- 
fab-40th-thrill-factor-). Also, my new 
book, The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets 
to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial 
Freedom, and the Life ofYour Dreams, 
was the No. 1 bestselling business book 
nationally in August, according to 
CEO-READ.” 

Kevin Chapman: “The below link 
takes you to a one-hour performance 
by the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra 
at the Kennedy Center in Washing¬ 


ton, D.C. It’s a good short set for , 

the group. My son Ross is the first 

trombone on the end of the second 

row, nearest to the vocalists when the i 

girls are singing. The kids in this group 

are all between 15 and 19. Happy ( 

listening: kennedy-center. org/explorer/ 

videos/?type=A&id=M6407.” 

Michael Oren ’77, SIPA’78, who i 

served as Israel’s ambassador to the 
U.S. from 2009 to 2013, wrote a book 
Ally: My Journey Across theAmerican- 
Israeli Divide. The New York Post 

(June 21) notes: “Researching the j 

candidate by reading his memoirs 
and his statements on Israel, Oren 
sensed immediately that ‘a [Barack] 

Obama presidency might strain the 

US-Israel alliance.’ But even Oren was ^ 

surprised, around the time of Obama’s 

inauguration, by the assessment of 

[Oren’s] former Columbia University 

roommate, David Rothkopf [’77], 

who had served as undersecretary of j 

commerce, and who told him, ‘The 

first thing Obama will do in office is 

pick a fight with Israel,’ a statement 

that caused Oren to ‘nearly spill my 

curry.’‘The previous administration * 

was perceived as too pro-Israel,’ said 


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Rothkopf, ‘and Obama’s policy will be 
ABB’ - Anything But Bush.” 

From Peter Rappa: “I always enjoy 
the Alumni News section of CCT, and 
! it was great to see some recognizable 

faces in the photo [on page 67 of the 
Summer 2015 issue]. My wife of 28 
years and I have triplet daughters, two 
of whom play polo at Texas Tech. The 
other is in the College of Fine Arts at 
Texas. I am working on a second book. 
The athlete in me never died; I still 
play tennis two to three times a week 
and I carry a football and a baseball 
glove in my gym bag.” 

Peter is a board-certified physician 
in physical medicine and rehabilita- 
* tion in Dallas. A two-sport athlete at 

the College, he earned an M.D. from 
Texas Tech in 1989 and completed a 
physical medicine and rehabilitation 
residency at Baylor University Medical 
, Center in Dallas, where he joined the 

attending staff in 1993. As medical 
director for rehabilitation at Baylor 
Medical Center at Garland, in affilia¬ 
tion with RehabCare, he ran a 12-bed 
inpatient unit that was awarded the 
Outstanding Rehab Unit award for 
the company. In 1995, Peter took an 
I opportunity to grow an inpatient/out¬ 

patient practice with a special interest 
in brain and work injury as medical 
director for Baylor Scott & White 
Medical Center in Irving, as well as 
[ serving The Centre for Neuro Skills 

Dallas. His career has encompassed 
appointments with Baylor Institute for 
Rehabilitation, The Center for Neu¬ 
roskills and Integra Hospital Plano as 
well as national medical director for 
Centerre Healthcare Corp. in affili¬ 
ation with Methodist Rehabilitation 
- Hospital in Dallas, where he has been 

the medical director since 2009. Peter 
, has appeared in D Magazines “Best 

Doctors Dallas” in 2004,2012,2013 
and 2014. He says in 1998 he began 
■ incorporating advanced principles of 

power inherent in spirit along with 
medicines and therapy as an adjunct to 
rehabilitation and recovery, within his 
traditional medical practice. A series of 
, lectures that described his experiences 

eventually became his first book, Heal¬ 
ing Heart to Soul: One Doctor’s Journey 
of Health, Healing, and Life. 

Andover, Mass., resident and 
\ attorney Andrew Botti has been 

appointed to the Massachusetts Eco¬ 
nomic Development Planning Council 
by Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.). 

The council’s mission is to develop 
, a written, comprehensive economic 

development policy for Massachusetts 
and to construct a strategic plan for 
its implementation. The plan will then 
be submitted to the Legislature’s Joint 
» Committee on Economic Develop¬ 

ment and Emerging Technologies for 


alumninevjs 


public hearing prior to final approval 
by the governor. 

Andrew is a director at McLane 
Middleton in Woburn, Mass., where 
he represents corporations, smaller 
businesses and family-owned-and- 
operated enterprises in complex busi¬ 
ness and employment-related disputes. 
He was chairman of the board of the 
Smaller Business Association of New 
England from 2009 to 2011 and is on 
the board of the Associated Industries 
of Massachusetts. He is also on the 
board of Lazarus House and is a 
member of the parish counsel of St. 
Augustine Parish in Andover. 

Andrew sent me a breathtaking 
framed print of one of his oil paintings 
of a lighthouse. I focus on it when I 
am feeling stressed at work. 

Thank you, Andy. 

Classmates: The Center for Career 
Education’s mentoring program 
(careereducation.columbia.edu/alumni/ 
opportunities) is a great way to assist 
students and recent graduates, and I 
encourage you to join the program. I 
recently received this message from 
Amy Park ’13: “Back in 2012, we met 
at the Columbia internship program’s 
mentor/mentee event. It’s been two 
years since I graduated and now I am 
looking to relocate to L.A. I wanted to 
reach out to you and see if you know of 
great opportunities on the West Coast. 

I would love to reconnect with you.” 

Amy has experience in marketing, 
media and publishing. If any Colum¬ 
bians want to get in touch with her, let 
me know. 

I look forward to seeing you at 
some Columbia football and basketball 
games. I have season tickets this year. 

1984 


Dennis Klainberg 
Berklay Cargo Worldwide 
14 Bond St., Ste 233 
Great Neck, NY 11021 
dennis@berklay.com 

Daniel Berick has been named the 
2016 Cleveland Corporate Law 
Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, a 
longstanding and well-respected legal 
peer review publication. In each major 
legal market, a single lawyer in each 
discipline is honored as “Lawyer of 
the Year.” Dan was honored in 2015 
and 2013 as the Leveraged Buyouts 
and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the 
Year, and was named Cleveland Secu¬ 
rities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of 
the Year in 2014 and 2011. 

As Cleveland rocks for Dan, Chicago 
is Tom Dyja’s kind of town. “My Chi¬ 
cago book, The Third Coast: When Chicago 
Built the American Dream, was recently 


selected by the Chicago Public Library 
as the focus of its yearlong ‘One Book 
One Chicago’program,” he writes. “Last 
year was Michael Chabon’s Adventures 
ofKavalier &Klay. Other authors the 
library has honored include Tom Wolfe, 
Toni Morrison, Colm Tofbfn, Jhumpa 
Lahiri and Neil Gaiman.” 

Belated congratulations to Miami 
legal eagle Bernardo Burstein LAW’88 
on his daughter Jessica BC’19’s recent 
matriculation into Barnard. 

Yossi Rabin and his wife, Kochava, 
get a double mazel tov on the births of 
their fifth and sixth Israeli grand¬ 
children: Shir-Tzion Bracha Rabin, 
born on March 7, and T’chelet Bracha 
Eden, born on July 22. 

Neel Lane was nominated by Texas 
Lawyer as “Lawyer of the Year” in 
recognition of his legal work for the 
cause of marriage equality. He also 
began a three-year term as chairman 
of Episcopal Relief &. Development, 
the international relief and develop¬ 
ment agency of the Episcopal Church, 
headquartered in New York. During 
the last few years, while attending 
his son Shelby’s basketball games 
at Claremont McKenna College in 
Southern California, Neel has met up 
with TV education guru Pete Lunen- 
feld. He also stays in touch with 
rugby teammate and esteemed former 
University senator El Gray. Neel says, 
“(Although) I don’t see my classmates 
nearly enough ... I love seeing every¬ 
one’s updates on Facebook.” 

Tom Gilman, working in Maine in 
human resources at IDEXX Laborato¬ 
ries, is happy to report that his daugh¬ 
ter, Julia, has started her freshman year 
at Colorado College. Tom and his wife, 
Sue BC’85, are adapting to their life 
as empty-nesters. He notes his former 
squash coach, Ken Torrey, recendy 
retired and wishes him the best. 

Jonathan Duitch announced: 

“I am excited to share the fantastic 
news of the September 7 wedding 
of my firstborn, Merav, to Moshe 
Jacobs. Merav is in her third year at 
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
and studies philosophy, politics and 
economics; her husband studies 
philosophy, also at Hebrew U. Teddy 
Weinberger ’83 and his wife, Sarah 
Ross Weinberger BC’83, attended the 
wedding. A fun time was had by all!” 

David Kung checks in for the first 
time in a long time, and here’s why: 
“Three decades have brought about 
amazing change. I five in Bethesda, 
Md., with my lovely wife, Bonnie 
DM’89. We’re the proud parents of 
two awesome future alums: Nathan 
T6 and Justin T7.1 am engaged in the 
practice of plastic surgery and recently 
completed work on a definitive two- 
volume textbook, Aesthetic Plastic Sur¬ 


gery in Asians: Principles & Techniques, 
published this summer. I am scheduled 
to go to Ecuador this coming year to 
operate on children with congenital 
deformities as a guest of the govern¬ 
ment. My ‘free’time is spent coaching 
high school varsity basketball. Onward 
and upward, my brethren!” 

Longtime reader, first-time contrib¬ 
utor Daryl Neff SEAS’86 is a partner 
at Lerner David in Westfield, N.J., a 
70-attorney firm specializing in intel¬ 
lectual property law. He spends most 
of his time helping clients obtain U.S. 
and international protection for their 
inventions in electronics, computer- 
related technologies, medical devices 
and financial services. 

Former Connecticut Yankee and 
Columbia University Marching Band 
trumpet player Jeffrey Rashba 
reports: “After having been blessed 
with five daughters, I finally got a boy 
to join the clan when my eldest daugh¬ 
ter, Orli, married Eitan Chajmovic 
on July 30 in the Jerusalem area. Our 
home still feels like a Barnard dorm, 
but with some official raiders.” 

Todd Sussman, who honed his 
writing skills at Spectator, Jester and 
the 1984 Columbian, melded his love 
for writing and entertainment by 
becoming a film critic, video reviewer 
and columnist, most prominently with 
“Todd’s Corner” in the London-based 
international fan publication , All About 
Barbra (Streisand). In addition, he is a 
licensed mental health counselor and 
licensed marriage and family therapist, 
and is an administrator specializing 
in privacy rights in the Broward 
County Public Schools. A great fan of 
Bette Midler, he visits New York and 
Columbia at least once yearly. Feel free 
to make contact at toddaos@aol.com. 

From John Albin: “I don’t remem¬ 
ber when last I updated, but I continue 
to toil away at the NYC Department 
of Finance, subverting city government 
from within. I get together regularly 
with Mike Melkonian and Rob Kahn 
’83 to play music, including the occa¬ 
sional live performance. We recently 
did a set at The West End (no, not that 
West End), on West End and West 
107th. Nothing will ever quite match 
the glory of the Blue Rose, but it’ll do. 

David Adler GSAS’87 has a new 
book out: The New Economics of Liquidity 
and Financial Frictions, published by the 
CFA Institute Research Foundation. 

Scott Avidon: “I toured Israel dur¬ 
ing the summer. Saw my share of the 
archaeological gems, religious shrines 
and national sites. Rode a camel, got 
soaked in the Jordan River and had a 
beer at Earth’s lowest bar. I’ve been a 
workers’compensation judge in New 
York for 15 years. I chat with Harris 
Morgenstern ’85 from time to time. 


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Class Notes 


We both edited Course Guide many 
years ago when typewriters still existed 
and the Mets owned New York.” 

With great joy, yours truly Dennis 
Klainberg had the honor of attending 
the bat mitzah of Rebecca Pomerantz, 
daughter of Roy Pomerantz ’83 (my fel¬ 
low Class Notes correspondent). With 
Eddy Friedfeld ’83, Leon Friedfeld ’88, 
Marc Ripp ’80, Adam Bayroff’83 and 
other luminaries present, this already 
impressive and heartfelt event reached 
new heights when Roy and his son 
David honored Rebecca and thrilled 
the crowd with an after-party juggling 
routine that included balls, apples, clubs 
and machetes! 

For those of you not in the know, Roy 
is a world-class juggler who shared his 
talent on the field with the Marching 
Band in our day and, thereafter, was one 
of a select few entertainers (20,1 seem to 
recall — it was on the news!) accepted 
in 1983 at the exclusive Ringling Bros, 
and Barnum & Bailey Clown College 
(alumni and former instructors include 
Penn Jillette and Bill Irwin). Sadly (or 
perhaps prudently, as the Clown College 
is no more), he chose Harvard Law 
instead and joined his family business. 

A loving husband and father, and a 
dedicated fan of Columbia basketball, 
Roy works hard to keep the world’s 
children (and their parents!) entertained 
and happy, albeit with his world-class 
selection of licensed baby products. 

1985 


Jon White 
16 South Ct. 

Port Washington, NY 11050 
jw@whitecoffee.com 

Here is the second installment of my 
Alumni Reunion Weekend report; 
thanks to so many of you for your 
updates. Some were in the Fall 2015 
issue and some follow here. I welcome 
hearing from the rest of you (whether 
you made it to NYC for reunion or 
not) to let everyone know what’s up. 

Reunion was a great chance to 
reconnect with old friends and to 
rekindle memories from 30 years ago. I 
have had a lifetime of great experiences 
but have trouble believing so much 
time has passed. Before the event, the 
Reunion Committee circulated a brief 
survey and received about 40 responses. 
We discussed the survey questions at 
the Saturday dinner, creating a great 
way for each table to reconnect. 

The survey asked about family, 
education and professional accom¬ 
plishments as well as open-ended 
questions about our “bucket fists,” if we 
would we rather be on campus now or 
30 years ago and what advice would we 


give to our younger selves. I put some 
of the initial survey results in the Fall 
2015 issue. Here is a summary of the 
balance of the survey results: 

A total of 39 percent of us reported 
“creative passion” as the reason for our 
career choices, with 26 percent report¬ 
ing financial security/aspiration and 
24 percent reporting public service/ 
philanthropic goals. 

Several of us stated that they’d 
rather be at Columbia circa 2015 vs. 
1985 for one reason: “girls.” Others 
reached the opposite conclusion 
based on the same reasoning, with 
one member voting for 1985 saying, 

“I wouldn’t want to be 21 again now,” 
while another classmate voted for 2015 
“because it would mean I’m 30 years 
younger now!” 

Our bucket fist goals are varied. 
Many of us hope to travel, fisting 
places like Japan, Russia, India, the 
Galapagos and Kazakhstan as places 
to see as well as a goal of cycling across 
the country. Others want to play golf 
in Scotland, some want to build a 
home, some want to run for elective 
office and one of us claims to want to 
visit a bucket factory. 

In advising our younger selves, there 
is a common thread regarding seeking 
happiness: “When confronted with 
major fife choices, such as where to 
work, where to five and who to spend 
time with, always optimize for what 
makes you most happy, even if it takes 
you on an unusual career/fife path or 
seems to be the less-safe course. It 
will always work out better in the long 
run,” a classmate advises. One of us 
succinctly says: “Relax — everything 
will turn out just fine.” 

Greg Kinoian was only able to 
attend the Sunday brunch on Barnard’s 
campus, “but I saw a couple of friends 
and some familiar faces. It was a good 
time,” he reports. Greg is an attorney and 
says, “My practice is primarily in bank¬ 
ruptcy court (mostly in New Jersey, but 
also in New York) and primarily involves 
Chapter 11 cases, representing secured 
and unsecured creditors, equity holders 
in closely-held corporations, commercial 
landlords, parties that purchase assets 
or businesses out of bankruptcy and 
debtors. I earned a J.D. from Brooklyn 
Law in 1991 and practiced at two firms 
in NYC before joining my current firm 
in December 1998. 

“I have two wonderful daughters. 
Melissa (19) is a sophomore at the 
College of New Jersey and wants to 
major in biology and possibly pursue 
a pre-med track. She took an EMT 
training course this summer in Passaic 
County, N.J. Natalie (15) is a sopho¬ 
more in high school at the Academy of 
Holy Angels. She particularly enjoys 
her English, French and history classes 


and is interested in the arts, includ¬ 
ing drawing and guitar. I had a blast 
reviewing The Odyssey with her. 

“From our class, I primarily keep in 
touch with Michael Nagykery and 
Brian Kirby as well as Amy Guss BC’85 
(Amy and I were high school class¬ 
mates). I occasionally ran into former 
members of the Armenian Society of 
Columbia University. This past August, 
my firm relocated to Glenpointe Centre 
West, in Teaneck, N.J.” 

Pace Cooper: “It’s kind of sad, but 
we went to reunion only late Saturday 
night (after a late Sabbath end) and we 
got there [for the Starlight Reception on 
Low Plaza]; it was not by class and we 
did not recognize a soul! My wife, Aileen 
Herman Cooper BC’85, and I have six 
amazing kids. My eldest three, Jeremy 
’17 (21), Dylan ’18 and Ethan ’18 (both 
19), are costing us a not-so-small fortune 
but they love being there. I hope their 
brother, Elan, and sisters, Serena and 
Yael, will choose schools in Tennessee! 

“I’m busy with my hotel business 
(Cooper Hotels); we have 20 hotels, 
mostly in the various Hilton brands. 

I was recently appointed chairman 
of the Memphis-Shelby County 
Airport Authority, am president of my 
synagogue and am a minority partner 
in the Memphis Grizzlies. So my 
extra-curricular passions keep me busy. 
Aileen has become an accomplished 
cyclist to add to her achievement fist 
since MIT Sloan School of Manage¬ 
ment and a great business career.” 

On Thursday night during reunion 
we had a lovely cocktail party in Mid¬ 
town, courtesy of Brian Cousin. I ran 
into many classmates there, including 
Greg Viscusi (who works in Paris with 
Bloomberg, has an 11-year old daughter 
and coordinated attending reunion with 
his dad, Anthony Viscusi ’55), Brian 
Margolis (who practices at Wilmer- 
Hale and whose oldest child is enrolled 
at Rochester), Tom Scotti (whose 
daughter Anne T6 has loved so much 
of her College experience) and Furnald 
grocery maven Kevin Kelly, who posted 
some great campus pictures online. 

After the cocktail party, some of us 
proceeded to the New York City Ballet 
for its evening performance; one of the 
members of the company was Unity 
Phelan, daughter of John Phelan. The 
ballet pieces were a great combination 
of traditional and jazz (including a 
Jerome Robbins precursor to West Side 
Story piece). After the performance, 
Unity and one of her fellow corps 
members gave us a private backstage 
tour, and we got to take a group photo 
right on the main stage. I was amazed 
how the performers use a new pair of 
ballet shoes every day, how they beat 
them up and how they juggle this with 
all of their school classes. 


A really cool evening — thank 
you, John! 

Throughout much of reunion, as 
always, Tom Carey was taking photos 
with his “real” camera. After many 
years in Montana, Tom has moved to 
Maumee, Ohio (a suburb of Toledo), 
where he is an associate pathologist 
for ProMedica. One of his children is 
applying to med school, while another 
is enrolled at Montana State. 

Our Friday dinner was at V&T, 
where not too much has changed 
and I reconnected with (albeit too 
briefly), among others, Abe Thomas 
(who has moved to New York from 
Michigan with his teenagers), Alex 
Rodriguez (who was appropriately 
talking baseball), Andy Andriuk (who 
fives in Westport, Conn., with his 
three children and works in residential 
real estate development), Konrad 
Motyka (who’s working at Columbia), 
Joe Chu (who lives in Tenafly, N.J., 
with his two children) and Lydia Hsu 
SEAS’85 (representing a nice group 
from SEAS). 

For me, the rest of Friday night and 
Saturday afternoon included reunion, 
and many formal and informal perfor¬ 
mances (some on campus and some 
in the wee hours of the morning on 
a Lower East Side rooftop) with the 
Columbia Kingsmen, who had coor¬ 
dinated an alumni event to coincide 
with reunion. More than 60 Kingsmen 
alums, some going back more than 50 
years, attended. Joining me were David 
Zapolsky and Elliot Friedman. David 
(who recently celebrated his son Ian 
’15’s graduation) works at Amazon and 
travels the world, while Ian works and 
fives in NYC. Elliot now teaches at 
Purdue after stints in Williamstown, 
Mass., and Madison, Wis.; he has twin 
17-year-old children. 

Many of our contemporary 
Columbians came in from across the 
country just for the Kingsmen festivi¬ 
ties, including Charles Lester’84, Jon 
Abbott ’84, Phil Birnbaum ’86, Paul 
Spinrad ’86, Kieran Mulroney ’87, 

Kirk Woerner ’88 and Abe Glazer ’88. 

I can’t tell you how amazing it was to 
reconnect with this group (many of 
whom I had not seen in 30 years) after 
having spent countless hours as an 
undergrad creating so many wonderful 
memories with them. 

While traversing campus on Saturday 
I ran into Ken Handelman, who works 
for the Department of Defense. He fives 
in Bethesda, Md., and three of his four 
children are in college (two at Maryland, 
one at the College of Charleston). 

Unfortunately, I missed the 
Saturday dinner, as my youngest son 
was attending his junior prom. I was 
also sorry to miss the Glee Club mini¬ 
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evening; Dan Poliak and Beth Knobel 
BC’84 joined in. 

Condolences, to Dan on the recent 
loss of his dad, Paul Poliak. 

Joe Titlebaum writes from 
Bethesda, Md., where he has lived for 
16 years with his wife, Julie, and their 
kids, Ben ’19 (18), Aaron (15) and Eve 
(12). Joe is co-founder of Mezzobit, a 
Silicon Alley big data/tech company, 
and so now has another reason to be 
in New York City in addition to Ben’s 
move to Morningside Heights. 

I’m sorry I didn’t run into more of 
you; I saw some pictures on Facebook 
of Columbia scenes from Mark Roth¬ 
man and Eugene Jen. My apologies 
if we chatted briefly and my fading 
memory and/or notes didn’t get all the 
good info locked in so I could include 
it here. Please send it on so I can put it 
in a future column. 

The Reunion Committee also 
realized that a five-year gap between 
major events is too long — both 
not to reconnect and to help build 
participation for our next event. A 
Tri-College reunion was held in NYC 
on July 23 to continue the reunion 
momentum and to refocus our efforts 
on ensuring that all three schools 
interacted. John Phelan reported, 
“Five of us showed: Joe Titlebaum, 
Ian Winograd SEAS’85, Eric Epstein 
’83, Michele Shapiro BC’85 and 
myself. So we achieved the Tri-College 
goal! (A photo was posted on our 
class Facebook page: facebook.com/ 
Columbia-College-New-York-Class- 
of-1985-121664639320). All liked the 
gathering and want to do it again in 
the fall. We missed the rest of you!” 

One correction from my last column: 
Mitch Regenstreif lives in Manhattan 
Beach, Calif., not New York 


I don’t know how that got mixed 
up — sorry. 

And finally, in case you missed it, 
congrats to Tom Cornacchia, James 
Hagani, Josh Hyman, Jinduk Han, 
Marty Moskovitz, Joe Titlebaum 
and Larry Slaughter, who get to 
add the “P: T9” designation to their 
Columbia moniker, as their children 
are all members of the Class of 2019. 

Best wishes for a happy holiday 
season, and all the best in 2016! 


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Everett Weinberger 
50 W. 70th St., Apt. 3B 
New York, NY 10023 
everett6@gmail.com 

John Stepper SEAS’87 sent a first¬ 
time update: “I was reading the Fall 
2015 column, and it prompted me to 
send you this email after, well, 29 years. 
I’ve recently published Working Out 
Loud: For a Better Career and Life. It’s 
available on Amazon or at workingout- 
loud.com. The book helps people build 
a network toward a goal they care about 
— think‘Dale Carnegie meets the 
Internet.’ Peer support groups that help 
people put ideas into practice are now 
forming in 10 countries. The goal isn’t 


so much to sell hooks as it is to help 
people enjoy work more and gain access 
to more opportunities.” 

Many classmates have never been 
featured in this column. Please take 
John’s lead and send an update on 
your doings since graduation; your 
classmates want to hear from you! 

You can write to me at the address at 
the top of the column or via the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 

1987 

Sarah A. Kass 
PO Box 300808 
Brooklyn, NY 11230 
ssk43@columbia.edu 

My apologies for the short column this 
time. But even though we don’t have 
the quantity, we do have the quality. 

Jay Dipasupil has been appointed 
VP for underwriting, errors and 
omissions for professional services 
and financial institutions at CNA, the 
eighth largest U.S. commercial prop¬ 
erty and casualty insurance company. 
Previously, he was VP of professional 
liability for the Fireman’s Fund Insur¬ 
ance Co., where he was responsible for 
the company’s professional service and 
healthcare portfolios 

Congratulations, Jay! 

Lee Man writes: “It’s been wild 
settling my daughter into pre-K. We’ve 
all spent years (hopefully) feeling 
smart and accomplished, and suddenly 
we’re supposed to be connoisseurs 
of early childhood education. Our 
family is pretty excited about this next 
chapter; while our kiddo has settled 
in happily, her parents are taking a bit 
longer to adjust. Otherwise, there is 
no shortage of contaminated sites to 
clean up in New York City, or of new 
development projects, so I’m busy at 
the Mayor’s Office of Environmental 
Remediation. I also recently got back 
from presenting (and live-tweeting) 
at the Brownfields 2015 conference 
in Chicago. You could be our 300th 
follower at <®NYCOER.” 

A birthday celebration update: 
Steve Abrahamson celebrated his 
50th in Paris with his wife (and my 
dear friend from high school), Maritza 
Guzman SIPA’90, and their daughter, 
Sofia. He says, “Since 2004 we have 
been living in Montclair, N.J., where 
Sofia is now in fifth grade. For the past 
five years I have been director of direct 
response fundraising at the Planned 
Parenthood Federation of America. 

On September 25, Maritza and I cel¬ 
ebrated our 16th wedding anniversary.” 

You can help bring quantity along 
with quality. Please, please send me 


your contributions. I can’t do this 
alone, unless all you want to hear is me 
mesmerize you with tales of existential 
psychology.... I thought not. Please 
write to me at the address at the 
top of this column or via the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 

1988 

Eric Fusfield 

1945 South George Mason Dr. 
Arlington, VA 22204 
ericfusfield@bigfoot.com 

Congratulations to Jonathan Roth 
BUS’04 in Pasadena, Calif., on his 
recent professional advancement: 
“Jonathan Roth has been named 
executive director of the advertising 
agency Ayzenberg’s sub-agency, ION,” 
according to the company’s press 
release. “He will work closely with 
ION’s management to continue devel¬ 
opment of its best-in-class influencer 
identification and engagement offer¬ 
ing, helping to scale ION’s technology 
to build a leading platform play. Prior 
to joining ION, Mr. Roth spent 10 
years at leading middle-market advi¬ 
sory firms in New York, Seattle, Los 
Angeles and Boston.” 

Claudia Kraut Rimerman 
writes, “I recendy started a relation¬ 
ship management job in Boston for 
telehealth firm American Well. That 
keeps me away from my youngest child 
(at home in Stamford, Conn.), but 
puts me near my sons, one at Phillips 
Academy in Andover, Mass., and the 
other at the White Mountain School 
in Bethlehem, N.H.” Claudia finds 
time to correspond with classmates: 

“I stay in touch with Diane Bauer 
Orlinsky, who recendy celebrated the 
bat mitzvah of her fourth child and is 
preparing to send her second to college 
while maintaining a wildly successful 
dermatology practice in Baltimore. 
Recendy visiting the United States was 
Jonny Roskes, who has moved back 
to Hong Kong to run the deal conflict 
of interest group for Bank of America. 
Laurence Holzman continues to 
write great musicals and raise his two 
sons with his wife, Lara.” 

Tim Rood and Abe Glazer 
attended the Kingsmen reunion on 
campus in May, “along with many oth¬ 
ers from the revival of the Kingsmen 
in ’84 through ’90 and beyond,”Tim 
reports. “Events included the current 
’Smen’s annual reunion party, gener¬ 
ously hosted by Jed Bradley ’06, a short 
performance in Alfred Lerner Hall as 
part of Alumni Reunion Weekend, and 
lots and lots of hanging out and sing¬ 
ing. The Lerner stairwells and elevators 



During Alumni Reunion Weekend 2015, The Kingsmen held an all-class 
reunion on the Lower East Side. Attending, among others, were Charles 
Lester ’84, Jon Abbott ’84, David Zapolsky ’85, Jon White ’85, Hank Jaffe 
’86, Phil Birnbaum ’86, Paul Spinrad ’86, Bruce Fischer ’87, Kieran Mul- 
roney ’87, Tim Rood ’88, Abe Glazer ’88, Matt Park ’89, Bennett Cale ’90, 
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both turned out to have excellent 
acoustics with plenty of natural reverb.” 

Laura Eberstein Jacobs and her 
husband of 20 years, Erik Jacobs ’81, 
SIPA’85, have drawn inspiration from 
the pop culture of Laura’s years on cam¬ 
pus. Laura and Erik and their children, 
William (12) and Margo (8), “have 
converted their savings to a nest egg, 
bought a Winnebago and are making 
plans to celebrate turning 50 by getting 
‘Lost in America’ in 2016,” according 
to Erik. 

Keep us posted! 

Everyone else, also please keep 
sending updates — and photos! I 
look forward to hearing from you. 

You can write to me at the address at 
the top of the column or via the CCT 
webforms college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note for notes (comes 
directly to me) and college.columbia. 
edu/cct/submit_class_note_photo for 
photos (goes to CCT, or you can send 
photos to me via my email). Don’t 
forget caption info! 

1989 

Emily Miles Terry 
45 Clarence St. 

Brookline, MA 02446 
emilymilesterry@me.com 

Hi, classmates! I hope 2015 was a 
great year for you and your families. I 
connected recendy with Doug Cabot, 
who lives in Salem, Mass., with his 
wife, Carrie, and daughters (7 and 9). 
Doug writes, “In order to have more 
time with my family, six years ago I 
made the jump from working in docu¬ 
mentary television to teaching film and 
animation at Salem H.S. I’m still play¬ 
ing drums in a rock n’ roll band, still 
making movies and recently I’ve taken 
up oil painting. Most days I’m amazed 
by the simple fact of life.” 

I connected with David Odo, a 
visual anthropologist and the director 
of student programs and research 
curator of the University Collections 
Initiatives at Harvard Museums, who 
is keeping busy. David’s latest book, 

The Journey of “A Good Type:” From 
Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japa¬ 
nese Photographs , was published this 
year. In A Good Type , David examines 
the Peabody Museum’s collection of 
Japanese photographs and explores 
their production, acquisition and 
circulation in the 19th century. David 
also mounted a related exhibition at 
the Harvard Center for Government 
and International Studies. “It’s been 
exciting to see both projects come to 
fruition since starting my current posi¬ 
tion at the Harvard Art Museums,” 
he writes. David was previously at the 


Yale University Art Gallery and began 
working at Harvard in April 2014. 

If any of you get to see the Colum¬ 
bia women’s swim and dive team, 
be sure to cheer for Seth Antiles’ 
daughter, Jessica Antiles ’19, a swim¬ 
mer. Seth writes, “A flood of great 
memories rushed in as I moved Jessie 
into Carman. My wife, Janette BC’92, 
BUS’97, and I are thrilled that we will 
be going back to campus periodically 
to watch Jessie race. I have two other 
kids, boys aged 16 and 15. Both are 
heavily involved in sports; the 16-year- 
old is a swimmer and the 15-year-old 
plays hockey.” 

Seth and his family live in South 
Orange, N.J., where he is a portfolio 
manager at Seix Investment Advisors in 
global sovereign debt, with a specialty in 
emerging markets and global currencies. 

I recently visited Columbia and 
loved discovering a great little coffee 
shop in Butler Library (which issues 
alumni cards easily). Donna Herlinsky 
MacPhee introduced me to a delicious 
“modern Mediterranean” restaurant, 
Tessa, on Amsterdam and West 76th 
Street,whose owner is Larry Bellone 
’77.1 highly recommend it whenever 
you might be lucky enough to find 
yourself looking for something to eat 
on the Upper West Side. 

Your classmates want to hear from 
you! Please be sure to write to me at the 
address at the top of the column or via 
the CCT webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. 

1990 

Rachel Cowan Jacobs 
313 Lexington Dr. 

Silver Spring, MD 20901 
youngrache@hotmail.com 

A lot of stuff went down in August 
2015 for CC’90. Carol “Kate” 

Guess’s 15th book, With Animal, was 
pubHshed in August. The magical real¬ 
ism short story coUection highlights 
the bond between humans and ani¬ 
mals. With Animal was co-written with 
KeUy Magee, her coUeague at Western 
Washington University. 

In August, Judy Shampanier ran 
into Lisa Cohen as they were leaving 
Hamilton, the hottest Broadway play 
of the summer. Lisa and Judy proudly 
discussed Hamilton's several references 
to King’s CoUege, and name-dropped 
the buddings on campus named for the 
historical figures mentioned in the show. 

Anita Bose BUS’95, PH’95 writes, 
“After nearly three decades in NYC, 

I finaUy made the leap to Chicago! 

I’ve started a gig as head of dient and 
business development at W20 Group, 
a network of marketing communica¬ 


tions companies. I’m loving the great 
Midwest and am having fun exploring 
my new home. I’ve already caught up 
with Sunhee Lee, who’s a longtime 
Chicago resident. I’d love to catch up 
with others who are Hving here or just 
passing through!” 

In “Our ChUdren Are Now in 
CoUege” news, Betty Mar Tsang 
SEAS’90’s son, Tyler SEAS’19, fives 


on Carman 8 (the best floor!). Laura 
Shaw Frank’s daughter, Ateret, is 
taking a gap year in Israel and wHl 
matriculate at Maryland in faH 2016 
as part of the CoUege Park Scholars 
Program. Robin Zornberg Wald 
SEAS’90’s son, Aaron, is a freshman 
at Hampshire CoUege. 

If your child is a new coUege stu¬ 
dent and I didn’t mention it, it’s only 
because you didn’t teU me. I welcome 
aU news from everyone, so please write. 
You can submit updates by writing me 
at the address at the top of the column 
or via the CCT webform coUege. 
columbia.edu/cct/submit_class_note. 

Happy 2016! 


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1923 White Oak Clearing 
Southlake, TX 76092 
margiekimkim@hotmail.com 

Greetings to aU! I was fortunate to 
spend some quality time with Elise 
Scheck when we were both in 
Orlando this summer for confer¬ 
ences. She continues to amaze me by 
successfuUy juggling a family of seven, 
her legal career and countless hours 
of community service. Elise’s most 
recent project is the Women’s Impact 
Initiative, which she chairs through the 
Greater Miami Jewish Federation. 

Sam Helfrich sent this update: “In 
addition to continuing to direct opera 


and theater around the United States 
and abroad, I have received a fuU-time 
faculty appointment at NYU/Tisch 
School of the Arts. I started as an 
associate arts professor in September, 
and my title is resident director and head 
of dramaturgy in the Tisch Gradu¬ 
ate Program of Design for Stage and 
Film. Upcoming opera projects include 
Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld 


at the Virginia Opera and Bach’s St. John 
Passion with the Pittsburgh Symphony 
Orchestra as weU as a world premiere 
production of Embedded by composer 
Patrick Soluri at the Fort Worth Opera.” 

After 17 years with Hansberger 
Global Investors, Ron Holt launched 
PREMIS Capital Partners in October 
2014. PREMIS is located in Fort Lau¬ 
derdale and focuses on providing global 
equity investment management services 
to institutional clients and high net 
worth individuals and families. Their 
first fund was launched in AprU. 

In case you haven’t heard (or lost 
count), Alumni Reunion Weekend, 
which celebrates the 25th anniversary 
of our graduation, is scheduled for 
Thursday, June 2-Sunday,June 5. 
Annie Giarratano Della Pietra is 
the Reunion Committee chair, and 
the committee is off to a great start. If 
you’d like to join the committee, please 
send me an emaU. 

UntU next time, cheers! Don’t for¬ 
get, you can write to me at the address 
at the top of the column or via the 
CCT webform coUege.columbia.edu/ 
cct 1 submit_class_note. 

1992 

Olivier Knox 
9602 Montauk Ave. 

Bethesda, MD 20817 
oknox9602@gmail.com 

Greetings, CC’92ers! 

The first submission I received for 
this column took me back to evenings 
of cigarette smoke and RoUing Rock at 
the Marlin — it came from Han Park 
PS’97, a first-time Class Notes writer, 
who sent in an envy-generating update. 

Han and his wife shed New York 
for Honolulu in 2011. “We got tired of 
the long winters and cramped quarters 
in Manhattan and decided we had to 
move somewhere warm,” he writes. Han 


Carol “Kate” Guess ’90 published With Animal, a 
magical realism short story collection highlighting 
the bond between humans and animals. 


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works in the ER at the Queen’s Medi¬ 
cal Center in Honolulu; it’s the only 
trauma center in the Hawaiian Islands, 
so it’s “not quite the chaos of NYC 
i hospitals but pretty busy,” with patients 

coming in from as far away as the Mar¬ 
shall Islands and Samoa, he says. 

The good doctor says he doesn’t 
miss seasons, but “Surfing is still a 
r challenge, especially since we have a 

1-year old named Maya, so I’m spend¬ 
ing much of my time off changing 
* diapers and learning how to do most of 

my day-to-day work with a 20-lb. baby 
, in my arms,” he says. 

Han also extended this invitation: “If 
you (or any alums) are in Honolulu and 
► want to grab a Mai Tai, please drop me 

a text and I’ll come meet ya. Aloha!” 

^ Your humble correspondent is 

thrilled to report that he heard from 
Jake Novak GS’92. Jake is entering his 
L fourth year as a supervising producer 

at CNBC. He and his wife, Adar, 
and their daughters, Jordan and Yael, 
moved to their new home in Merrick, 
N.Y., this past summer. 

^ At CNBC, Jake has overseen a 

number of shows and writes what he 
describes as “a popular but controversial 
editorial column” on CNBC.com. Your 
correspondent put that in quote marks 
because much of the most popular 
content online is, shall we say, challeng¬ 
ing to readers. Jake is fiercely active on 
I social media, where those who follow 

his work can get almost daily blog 
updates on Columbia football (ROAR!) 
at culions.blogspot.com/. 

Jake says he is “extremely excited 
i about the upcoming season under coach 

A1 Bagnoli and believes his persistent 
calls for a truly substantial commitment 
r from the administration for the sport has 

finally materialized.” He closes his note: 

I “See you at Homecoming!” 

Alas, your humble correspondent 
was unable to attend Homecoming 
but hopes that you all took good notes 
at the game and early in the evening 
(but maybe not later in the evening) 
and will share them with me for a 
future column. Send to the address at 
[ the top of this column or via the CCT 

webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 


message or report updates through the 
CCT webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. 

My one piece of news is that Alice 
“Ali” Bers (along with John Baick 
’91) attended the June wedding of 
Alexandra “Ali” Wagner ’94 to Danielle 
Pershing in Los Angeles. Ali and John 
had a fun evening and also enjoyed the 
company of Sonya Duffy ’94. 

1994 


Leyla Kokmen 
c/o CCT 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 
New York, NY 10025 
lak6@columbia.edu 

Hi, everyone. I’m sorry to report that 
Class Notes are in limited supply this 
time out, which means you will now be 
subjected to my urgent plea for more 
information. Share your news, be it 
big changes or quotidian observations. 
Your classmates want to know what’s 
going on with you! 

Whew, now that the demands are 
out of the way, I do have a couple of 
nice updates to share: 

David Gonzales III is starting his 
second term as a Cameron County Court 
at Law judge in Deep South Texas. 

Hank Torbert writes from New 
Orleans that he is launching EnergX, an 
energy-focused accelerator for start-ups 
in Louisiana, in partnership with notable 
energy industry executives and The Idea 
Village, New Orleans’oldest incubator. 

Thanks to both of you for sharing 
your news. Everyone else: It’s your 
turn! You can submit updates to Class 
Notes by writing me at the address at 
the top of this column or via the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 

1995 


Janet Lorin 

730 Columbus Ave., Apt. 14C 
New York, NY 10025 
jrf10@columbia.edu 


1993 


Betsy Gomperz 
41 Day St. 

Newton, MA 02466 

, Betsy.Gomperz@gmail.com 

Greetings, classmates! This has been 
a slow news quarter, so I will make 
my regular plea for updates — you 
t can email me at the address at the top 

of the column, send me a Facebook 


Many thanks to Gene Mazo for 
serving as emcee during our reunion 
dinner on Saturday, and for mention¬ 
ing that a handful of classmates have 
become law professors. 

Gene, who teaches at Wake Forest 
in North Carolina, is an expert in 
democracy law and writes about elec¬ 
tion law, constitutional law and legisla¬ 
tion, according to his school web page. 
His research focuses on the regulation 
of the political process, democratic 
development and constitutional design. 


alumni news 



He is the co-editor of Election Law 
Stories, which will be published next 
year. Read more about his work: law. 
wfu.edu/faculty/profile/mazoed. 

Before becoming a law professor, 
Gene worked for large firms (Skadden, 
Arps; Slate, Meagher 8e Flom; and 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton) 
and was the general counsel of a small 
company in Silicon Valley (that’s when 
he lived next door to Hilton Romanski). 

On the other coast, Michael Wara 
teaches at Stanford Law and Darien 
Shanske is at UC Davis. Michael 
is an expert on energy and environ¬ 
mental law, and his work “lies at the 
intersection between environmental 
law, energy law, international relations, 
atmospheric science and technology 
policy,” according to his Stanford bio. 

Darien pursued graduate studies in 
philosophy and rhetoric at McGill and 
UC Berkeley. After finishing his Ph.D. 
at Berkeley, he was a public finance 
consultant in Sacramento, Calif., before 
returning to law school at Stanford. As 
a law professor, he focuses on tax (par¬ 
ticularly state and local tax), state and 
local government and public finance. 

“I think of these interests as 
exercises in applied distributive justice, 
which means that I am able to pursue 
my interests in public policy and phi¬ 
losophy at the same time, more or less,” 
he writes. He and his wife, Stephani, 
have a daughter, Maisie (2). Read 
more about his work: law.ucdavis.edu/ 
faculty/ shanske. 

Brett Frischmann SEAS’97 is 
a professor and co-director of the 
intellectual property and informa¬ 
tion law program at Cardozo Law. I 
emailed him on a fortuitous day: “It 
is ironic that you reached out to me 
now because I’m writing this email in 
a Columbia law school adjunct faculty 
office, a few minutes before I teach 
copyright law,” he replied. “It is quite a 
thrill to look out of the window at the 
Columbia campus and see everyone 
swarming about.” 

After graduating from Columbia 
with a major in astrophysics and then 
earning an M.S. from SEAS, Brett 
earned a law degree from Georgetown. 

“I have always been drawn to 
interdisciplinary work, and in a sense I 
am a perpetual Ph.D. student because 
I continually work across different 
disciplines, from law to economics to 
science and technology,” he writes. He 
says his biggest professional accom¬ 
plishment was a 2012 book, Infrastruc¬ 
ture: The Social Value of Shared Resources, 
which won the 2012 PROSE Award 
for Law 8c Legal Studies and received 
great reviews in “some pretty cool 
places” like The Economist and Science. 
Read more about his scholarship at 
brettfrischmann.com. 


Brett has been married for 18 years; 
he and his wife, Kelly, have three boys: 
Matthew (14), Jake (8) and Ben (6). 
The family has lived several places 
(Washington, D.C.; Burlington, Vt.; 
Chicago; Ithaca, N.Y.) before settling 
in Maplewood, N.J., where Brett plays 
soccer and coaches his kids. 

David Webber moved, with his 
wife and three children, from NYC to 
teach at Boston University. His work 
focuses on investment law, including 
shareholder activism, corporate gover¬ 
nance and shareholder litigation. 

“I was always interested in fraud, 
in financial regulation, in the fraught 
challenge of regulating a global market,” 
he writes, and adds he spent several 
years litigating securities and deal cases 
in New York, which he enjoyed. “But I 
wanted to delve deeper into the under¬ 
lying issues. I wanted to devote more 
time to learning and thinking about 
them. Issues of fraud, financial regula¬ 
tion and economic inequality force you 
to grapple with the same deep questions 
you wrestle with in the Core,” he says. 

If I missed any other law professors 
out there, please send in an update. 
Everyone else please send in updates, 
too; your classmates want to hear from 
you! You can send updates to either the 
email address at the top of this column 
or through the CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/ cct/submit_class_note. 


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Ana S. Salper 
24 Monroe PI., Apt. MA 
Brooklyn, NY 11201 
Ana.Salper@nyumc.org 

Hi everyone! Only a bit of news to 
report this time: 

Ian Lendler published The Straford 
Zoo Presents: Romeo and Juliet, the second 
volume in his series of graphic novels 
that translates Shakespeare for children. 
He spent this past year traveling around 
the United States and Britain talking to 
schoolkids about graphic novels, Shake¬ 
speare and his love of tacos. 

Arman Rousta, one of our star 
soccer players who led the men’s team 
to an Ivy League championship, is in 
touch with several fellow ’96ers (mostly 
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Frith SEAS’96 and Rikki Dadason 

as well as Charles Balsamo ’98. Arman 
reports Greg married Kimi Yasunaga. 

Arman is the founder and CEO of 
Blueliner Marketing, a leading digital 
agency headquartered in New York 
City. He is responsible for strategic 
planning, general management, soft¬ 
ware research and development, and 
Blueliner’s expansion into new markets 
such as Latin America, Europe and 
Asia. In 2000, Arman founded 401 Kid, 
an education funding advisory portal 
aimed at bettering opportunities for 
children. Prior to founding 401 Kid 
and Blueliner, Arman spent five years 
as co-founder and COO of Exeter 
Technologies, a New York-based 
automotive electronics firm. 

I really need more notes from you! 
Please send your news to me using the 
new email at the top of the column or 
submit via the CCT online form college. 
columbia.edu/cct/submit_class_note. 

And remember, our 20th reunion 
is Thursday, June 2-Sunday, June 5, 
on campus and throughout New York 
City. I hope to see many of you there. 

I leave you with this: 

“Why fit in when you were born to 
stand out.” 

— Oscar Wilde 


1997 


Sarah Katz 
1935 Parrish St. 

Philadelphia, PA 19130 
srk12@columbia.edu 

Swati Khurana earned an M.F.A. in 
fiction from Hunter, where she taught 
two undergraduate writing courses, 
and received the Mary M. Fay Award 
in Poetry, a Hertog Fellowship and 
the Dean of Arts 8c Science Master’s 
Thesis Support Grant. She received 
scholarships for Sarah Lawrence’s 
Summer Seminar for Writers and 
Skidmore’s New York State Summer 
Writers Institute. Swati says her great¬ 
est success was successfully navigating 
the first universal pre-K process in 
NYC for her daughter (4). 

Zaharah Markoe and her husband, 
David, welcomed a son, Abraham “Abie” 
Benjamin, on July 10. He joins sister 
Claire. Zaharah moved back to South 
Florida about two years ago, re-met 
David (a high school crush) and mar¬ 
ried him in January. In attendance at 
the wedding were Jennifer Feldsher, 
Rushika Conroy (nee Richards), Mat¬ 
thew Wang and Judy Choe BC’97. 

Carrie Bass Mezvinsky, husband 
Scott and son Beau welcomed twins 
Nora Jean and Grace Olivia on July 7. 

Hannah Trooboff McCollum, 

husband Brian McCollum SEAS’97 


and their daughters, Lena (7) and 
Caroline (4), moved this past summer 
to Hopewell, N.J., into Brian’s child¬ 
hood home. They enjoy the slower pace 
of life and look forward to being there 
for a long time. 

Brian became director of operations 
at Impax Laboratories in Middlesex, 
N.J., where he enjoys his new and 
increased responsibilities and, after five 
years of commuting daily from Brooklyn 
to Long Island, also appreciates the 
shorter and more bucolic commute. 
Hannah is focusing a lot of energy 
on helping their girls transition this 
year but is also working part-time 
advising a charter school in Red Hook, 
Brooklyn; helping eighth-grade New 
Jersey SEEDS scholars prepare their 
high school applications; and working 
remotely for Trinity School’s Office of 
College Guidance. They had the pleasure 
of attending the wedding of Gabriella 
Carolini to Tom Parent and are excited 
to welcome their son! Cindy Warner 
Kruger also attended the wedding. In 
addition to seeing many other friends 
from Columbia as often as they can, 
Hannah and Brian stay in close touch 
with married couple Daphna Gut¬ 
man and Jon Schwartz, their girls’ 
godparents. Daphna recently became the 
principal of a public elementary school 
on the Lower East Side. 

Kerri Bauchner Stone lives in 
Miami with her husband, Josh, and son, 
Dylan, and was recently promoted to full 
professor of law at Florida International 
University College of Law. 

Don’t forget, you can send updates 
to either the email address at the top 
of this column or through the CCT 
webform college.columbia.edu/cct/ 
submit_class_note. 

1998 


Sandie Angulo Chen 
10209 Day Ave. 

Silver Spring, MD 20910 
sandie.chen@gmail.com 

Happy fall, CC’98. Although some 
classmates (including myself) already 
have teens and tweens, there are still 
plenty of us starting and adding to 
our families. 

This edition’s baby announcement 
belongs to my dear friend and fellow 
Spectator alum, Julie Yufe. Julie and her 
husband, Michael Dreyer, are happy to 
announce the birth of their daughter, 
Zoe, born on July 29 weighing 6 lbs., 

15 oz. I was lucky enough to visit Zoe a 
week after her birth and I can say that, 
like her mother, she is quite the beauty. 

Congratulations to Julie and Mike! 

We also have two wedding 
announcements to share. Please Google 



Tim Laurie and Jeff Cohen ’98 were married on September 5 in Santa 

Monica, Calif. Pictured are John Fisher; Jen Briggs Fisher; Kim Van Duzer ’98 ^ 

and her daughters, Sophia and Elena; the grooms; Andy Topkins ’98 and his 
wife, Keri Chaimowitz Topkins; Leah Madoff’98; and Nick Rynearson ’97. 


Tifphani White’s “Summer Love” story 
in The New York Times', it’s remarkable. 
Tifphani and her husband, Michael 
King, met when she was 15 and he 
was 18. Except for a brief separation 
right after she finished law school, they 
dated for 23 years and were married 
at St. Paul’s Chapel on June 26. For 
the first years of their two-decade 
relationship, Michael could only visit 
Tifphani for Sunday family dinners at 
her home on Long Island. They went to 
her prom together in 1994, and during 
her freshman year at Columbia, he 
proposed with a diamond ring. It wasn’t 
the first time he’d asked her to marry 
him (the first time was a few months 
after they met, with a vanilla ice cream 
cone instead of a ring), nor would it 
be the last. When he proposed for the 
third time, it was with a considerably 
“larger, fancier ring,” according to The 
New York Times. Tifphani, a partner at 
Deloitte Tax, also splurged on a ring 
for Michael, who owns a barbershop 
in South Jamaica, Queens. His Cartier 
ring is inscribed with their initials, their 
wedding date and “est. 1992.” 

Congratulations, Tifphani 
and Michael! 

Congratulations are also in order for 
Jeff Cohen, who married Tim Laurie 
on September 5. Jeff, a Los Angeles 
County public defender, and Tim, a 
television producer, were together for 
five years before their nuptials. Jeff 
described their wedding as a “beautiful 
outdoor ceremony on a sunny day in 
Santa Monica, followed by cocktails, 
dinner and dancing.” In attendance 
were Andy Topkins, Kim Van Duzer, 
Leah Madoff and Nick Rynearson ’97. 

Mazel tov to Jeff and Tim! 

Your classmates want to hear from 
you! You can write to me at the address 
at the top of the column or via the 
CCT webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. 


1999 _ j 

Adrienne Carter and 
Jenna Johnson 

do CCT : 

Columbia Alumni Center 
622 W. 113th St., MC 4530 

New York, NY 10025 I 

adieliz@gmail.com 

jennajohnson@gmail.com 

Classmates! Here at home in New 

York City we enjoyed some perfectly i 

golden last days of late summer (with a 

nip in the air that took us back to our 

first days on campus in 1995!). We’ve 

been happy to have messages from a 

few of you to make those memories ( 

even stronger. Here’s a little news: 

Meghan Taira writes in with news 
of her life in Washington, D.C., where j 

she is legislative director for Sen. Chuck 
Schumer (D-N.Y.). She fits in regular ( 

travel, though, and told us about a little 
Columbian serendipity: “Last sum¬ 
mer I was vacationing in Hawaii and j 

literally ran into James Boyle in the 
supermarket. I am back in Hawaii for 
vacation [as I write this] and had dinner 
with James and his fiancee, Stefanie. It’s 
a small Columbia world!” j 

Congratulations on your engage¬ 
ment, James! 

In addition to raising two daughters 
(6 and 2), Carmen Van Kerckhove 
Sognonvi has been raising the quality <1 

of life for the residents of Ditmas Park, 

Brooklyn. Seven years ago she and her 

husband started a karate and kickboxing 

school, Urban Martial Arts (urbandojo. 

com). The school is thriving and Car- , 

men has spun that success further: She 

is now training and advising business 

owners on local marketing. She has 

been featured in Inc., Entrepreneur, Fox 

Business Network and Crain’s New York % 

Business (carmensognonvi.com). 


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We reached out to many of you 
L this time around but maybe you 

were enjoying your summer beach 
time. Now that we’re back in the 
well-scheduled days of autumn, and 
just about into winter, send us your 
dispatches! And enjoy that sweater 
weather; maybe we’ll even see you at a 
basketball game? Yeah, yeah ... 

Don’t forget, you can submit 
updates by writing to either of us at 
the addresses at the top of the column 
or via the CCT webform college. 
columbia.edu/cct/submit_class_note. 

2000 


Prisca Bae 

344 W. 17th St., Apt. 3B 
New York, NY 10011 
pb134@columbia.edu 

\ 

Colin Harris writes, “I am leaving 
^ private practice in upstate New York to 

accept a position as an assistant profes¬ 
sor in the department of orthopaedics, 
i- spine division, at Rutgers in Newark, 

N.J., at the first of the year. I have a 
17-month-old son, Grayson, and am 
excited to be moving back to the New 
York metro area. 

“I keep in contact with Paul Mul- 
lan and Ali Ahmad, both of whom 
are also practicing physicians (Ali in 
Hackettstown, N.J., and Paul in Nor¬ 
folk, Va.) and are doing well.” 

^ Thanks for the update, Colin! 

CC’OO: Your classmates want to 
hear from you! Send updates to me at 
| the address at the top of this column 

or via the CCTwebform college, 
i columbia.edu/cct/submit_class_note. 

2001 


chronic backaches. We live in beautiful 
Brooklyn Heights. I also launched a 
legal consultancy this year that focuses 
on the needs of creative entrepreneurs 
in the events and wedding industries. It 
combines my backgrounds in corporate 
law and events production and, while 
most of my clients are in New York, 

I also advise creative small businesses 
throughout the country.” 

Congratulations to Mary and 
her family! 

Matthew Rascoff and his wife, 
Emily Levine, welcomed a son, Jasper 
Hirsch Rascoff (CC’37?!), on August 
20 in Durham, N.C. Jasper is named 
in memory of Matthew’s father, Dr. 
Joel H. Rascoff ’63, PS’68. 

Max Dickstein and his wife, Erin 
Branum, welcomed Benjamin Branum 
Dickstein on September 14. 

Congratulations to Max and Erin! 

Seth Dadlani Morris and his wife, 
Giti, welcomed their second child (a 
boy, Shaan) on August 28. 

Congratulations to Seth and Giti! 

I recently enjoyed a wonderful 
group dinner in Los Angeles with Dan 
Laidman and Miriam Haskell BC’02. 
The cuisine was vegan and the discus¬ 
sion was lively. There were four lawyers 
at the table, but when they weren’t 
talking about the law, we focused on 
great memories from Spectator. It was 
so nice to see them all! 

I hope to see many of you at 
Alumni Reunion Weekend, which 
celebrates the 15th anniversary of our 
graduation, Thursday, June 2-Sunday, 
June 5. Wow, time has flown! 

Please write with updates on your 
adventures; you can write to me at the 
address at the top of the column or via 
the CCTwebform college.Columbia. 
edu/cct/submit_class_note. 


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Jonathan Gordin 
3030 N. Beachwood Dr. 

Los Angeles, CA 90068 
jrg53@columbia.edu 

I hope everyone enjoyed the fall. When I 
look back on my time as a student, it was 
my favorite season to be on campus. 

Mary Herrington (nee Lee) wrote in 
with an exciting update: “In early Janu¬ 
ary, I welcomed my son, Lee, who joins 
his sister, Margot, in giving their parents 


2002 


Sonia Dandona Hirdaramani 
2 Rolling Dr. 

Old Westbury, NY 11568 
soniah57@gmail.com 

Hi CC’02. I’m happy to share some 
exciting news about our classmates. 
Please keep the updates coming to 
soniah57@gmail.com. Thanks! 

Melissa Stewart (neeTominac) 
and her husband, Mike Stewart 
SEAS’03, are overjoyed to announce 
the arrival of William Martin, born 
August 1 at 1:52 p.m. (on Swiss 
National Day!). He was a happy and 
healthy 9 lbs., 1 oz., and 20.5 inches 
long, and is growing quickly. 

Sarah Lundquist Norton married 
William Norton (Boston University 
Law ’04) on September 13,2014, in 
Sarah’s hometown of Charleston, S.C. 


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Sarah and Bill reside on Sullivan’s 
Island, a tiny barrier island just off 
Charleston, with Sophie, their Calico. 
Sarah said she had the unexpected 
pleasure of running into Daryl Weber 
at the New Orleans airport’s cab stand 
in March; they shared a taxi into the 
city and enjoyed catching up. 

Andres Zuleta’s luxury travel com¬ 
pany recently marked its second anniver¬ 
sary. Boutique Japan (boutiquejapan.com) 
specializes in private culinary and cultural 
trips to Japan. 

Sara Velasquez lives and works 
in the Philippines to assist those 
who were worst affected by Super 
Typhoon Yolanda, which made landfall 
in November 2013. She also works 
on projects in Pakistan and recendy 
completed research on child abuse in 
Paraguay for a multi-country study 
commissioned by UNICEF. 

Sara is also helping to expand the 
successful Special YOU Reading Club 
project in California. The project links 
community volunteers with children to 
help the children become comfortable 
reading and telling their own stories, 
using the book You Are a Very Special 
You (available in English, Spanish and 
Mandarin). The organization celebrates 
diversity and similarities, and is look¬ 
ing to expand the project to more 
multi-cultural communities in which 
children speak Spanish, Mandarin and 
English. Visit specialyoureadingclub. 
org, and if you have any ideas, she’d 
appreciate hearing them! 

Zecki Dossal BUS’13 co-manages 
the private equity and venture business 
GLG, a professional learning platform 
that helps organizations access targeted 
expertise. He joined the company soon 
after graduating from Columbia; when 
he started, the company had 35 employ¬ 
ees and now it has more than 1,000. 
Zecki also launched the company’s social 
impact division and is working with the 
Global Partnerships Forum to build a 
platform and tools to drive transparency 
in the social sector, and to help accelerate 
achievement of the United Nations’ 
Sustainable Development goals. 

Evan Zeisel reminds us that David 
Epstein wrote a well-received book, 
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of 
Extraordinary Athletic Performance 
[Editor’s note: See college.columbia. 
edu/cct/winterl3/bookshelfl.], which 
was on The New York Times bestseller 
list in 2013 when it was released. 

David is at the forefront of inves¬ 
tigatory journalism; he works for 
ProPublica and recently published yet 
another pivotal piece on performance¬ 
enhancing drug use, this time focusing 
on the track and field communities. 

Evan further reports that he had the 
pleasure of attending the summer wed¬ 
ding of David Epstein and Elizabeth 


Green, along with more CU alumni 
than I can list (or, really, remember 
what years they graduated). 

Evan and his father, John Zeisel ’65, 
GSAS’71, created (along with many oth¬ 
ers) Scripted-IMPROV, an Alzheimer’s 
disease-centered drama program that 
was released worldwide in June. The 
dementia care training and drama activi¬ 
ties program is based upon the National 
Institutes of Health and National Insti¬ 
tute on Aging-funded clinical research 
study Evan was part of during the 
last five years. During the study, Evan 
helped write, test and perform plays 
specifically designed for people living 
with Alzheimer’s disease. Evan was also 
one of the lead consultants in designing 
training materials for the program. 

2003 


Michael Novielii 
World City Apartments 
Attention Michael J. Novielii, A608 
Block 10, No 6. Jinhui Road, 
Chaoyang District 
Beijing, 100020, 

People’s Republic of China 
mjn29@columbia.edu 

I start this month’s column by thank¬ 
ing those who have sent updates 
recently, and to ask for the help of 
those who have not recently done so. 
Many classmates tell me that they 
don’t feel comfortable sending an 
update because they have not recently 
been promoted at work, gotten married 
or had kids. Please rest assured that we 
want to hear what’s new in your life — 
even if that means just sharing news 
about a fun trip you took, a Columbia 
event you attended in your city or even 
an interesting book that you’ve recently 
read. So please, don’t be a stranger. 



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Your 
Photo 

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that feature at least two 
College alumni. 

Click “Contact Us” at 

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Class Notes 


I recently caught up with Shaun 
Ting, Kenneth Sim and Chee Gan 
’05 in Singapore. Shaun recendy 
returned from his brother Yan Ting 
SEAS’06’s wedding to Emily Tsai 
SEAS’05 in Los Angeles. A number 
of Columbians were in attendance, 
including Michael Sin ’05, Jennifer 
Lee ’05, Sandy Huang ’05, Johnny Lan 
SEAS’05, Jonathan Huang SEAS’05, 
Erica Yen ’05, Justin Wei SEAS’05 and 
Yanni Guo BC’06. Kenneth has been 
busy with his job at the Singapore 
Workforce Development Agency 
and took a business trip to Denmark, 
which he thoroughly enjoyed, he says. 

Adam Libove writes, “After close to 
three years at New York City’s Depart¬ 
ment of Investigation, in early August 
I transitioned to the Brooklyn District 
Attorney’s Office as a senior assistant 
district attorney in the Public Integrity 
Bureau. My unit investigates and pros¬ 
ecutes corruption and fraud committed 
by elected officials and public servants 
at all levels of government. It has been a 
great change so far.” 

Oscar Chow recendy married 
Celeste Luk on the beach in Phuket, 
Thailand, in the presence of a number of 
Columbians including his brother Justin 
Chow’08, Jacob Boeding, Matthew 
Arrieta-Joy, Paul Chun ’04, Connie 
Chun (nee Sheu), Ethan Farbman ’02, 
Natalie Farbman BC’03 (nee Fung), 
Akram Zaman ’01, Rohan Saikia ’04, 
Eric Wallace ’05 and Rajeev Emany ’05. 

Anand Venkatesan married Bo 
Han at the University of Pennsylvania 
Museum of Archaeology and Anthro¬ 
pology in Philadelphia in September. 
Columbians in attendance were 
Daniel Dykema, Nikki Thompson 
BC’03, Shelly Mittal, Gaurav Shah 
and Peter Koechley. 

Lisa Bearpark (nee Pettersson) 
“recendy had a second child, a boy 



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named Stellan, born in mid-June. 

I also started medical school at the 
Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm — 
a late and exciting career shift.” 

Cyrus Habib is running for 
lieutenant governor of Washington 
State (cyrushabib.com). In other 
Washington news, Paul Morton is a 
Ph.D. candidate in cinema studies at 
Washington, in Seattle. 

In response to my email about 
favorite vacation destinations, Lien De 
Brouckere writes, “My favorite recent 
vacation was cycling the Karakoram 
Highway through the Hunza Valley in 
northern Pakistan, then through Xinjiang 
Province in China and ending in Bishkek, 
Kyrgyzstan. Cycling on- and ofF-road was 
the best way to see and experience the 
stunning scenery, to enjoy the open air, 
orchards, tea, apples, dried apricots and 
challenging climbs; to meet people; to 
sleep in yurts; and so much more.” 

Jessica Chan adds, “My last trip 
was to Turkey for my wedding on Sep¬ 
tember 5 to Anil Taner. In attendance 
were Katherine Jorda, Shay Weiner 
and Yong Woo SEAS’02. We were 
married in Iskenderun, Turkey, but my 
family and I traveled to Cappadocia 
afterward. I highly recommend a hot 
air balloon ride there at sunrise.” 

2004 


Angela Georgopoulos 
200 Water St., Apt. 1711 
New York, NY 10038 
aeg90@columbia.edu 

No news this time, but here’s wishing 
you a happy holiday season and New 
Year! Speaking of 2016, why not make 
it a resolution to send in a Class Note? 
It could be about family, career, travels, 
everyday pastimes or special events. 
You never know what in your life 
will resonate with others and spark a 
connection (or reconnection!) with a 
classmate. Send your news to the email 
address at the top of this column or 
use the webform college.columbia.edu/ 
cct/submit_class_note. 

2005 


Claire McDonnell 
47 Maiden Ln„ 3rd FI. 

San Francisco, CA 94108 
claire.mcdonnell@gmail.com 

Hi Class of2005! Here are some updates: 

Nate Bliss and his wife, Amira 
Bliss (nee Ibrahim) BC’05, SIPA’09 
welcomed baby Miles on July 16. After 
some time off during the summer, the 
family is resettled in their home in 
strollerville Brooklyn. 


Ben Harwood launched the web¬ 
site thatsoundscool.com, which he calls 
the Airbnb of activities. It’s in beta 
testing in New Orleans, so check it out 
if you’re in the Big Easy and want to 
get down like the locals. 

Italome Ohikhuare wrote, execu¬ 
tive-produced and starred in her first 
short film, The Mermaid, which won 
the Best Film designation at the Canes 
Film Festival at the University of 
Miami and is touring the international 
festival circuit (themermaidfilm.com). 

Elizabeth Claire Saylor is a visit¬ 
ing assistant professor of Arabic at 
Bard College, having earned a Ph.D. 
in Arabic literature from UC Berkeley 
earlier this year. Her dissertation,^ 
Bridge Too Soon: The Life and Works of 
’AfifaKaram, The First Arab American 
Woman Novelist, brings to light a 
neglected pioneer of the Arabic novel, 
Lebanese immigrant writer and jour¬ 
nalist Karam (1883-1924). 

After nearly a decade living in the 
perpetual spring of the West Coast, 
Elizabeth says she is relishing the 
beautiful